POLITICAL observations & opinions

* torture is illegal … those who ordered it, and justified it, should be prosecuted

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 21, 2009

AP reports today (4/21/09) …

  •  President Barack Obama left the door open Tuesday to prosecuting Bush administration officials who devised the legal authority for gruesome terror-suspect interrogations, saying the United States lost “our moral bearings” with use of the tactics.
  • The president had said earlier that he didn’t want to see prosecutions of the CIA agents and interrogators who took part in waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, so long as they acted within parameters spelled out by government superiors who held that such practices were legal at the time.

LMW COMMENT … It is not acceptable, as President Obama repeatedly and correctly says we are a nation of laws, to willfully avoid prosecutions for political reasons. It’s probably also illegal. So I agree completely with the idea of investifating those who approved illegal (and also unproductive) torture. If laws were broken there should be prosecutions, including Cheney and Bush if they are implicated. Since Cheney has already confessed, it shouldn’t be too hard to make the case.

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090421/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_interrogation_memos_10

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