Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Looks like Attorney General...

...Eric Holder is going ahead with an inquiry into the CIA's interrogation practices during the Bush administration. I agree with President Obama that it would be better to just move on and focus on the future. The danger is that an investigation could fan partisan flames (as if they're not already fanned) and distract attention from his agenda. I can also practically hear the Republicans saying that these particular abuses "weren't really so bad" and besides, it could set a dangerous precedent to criminalize the previous administration's policy. But this goes beyond mere policy. As former CIA agent Bob Baer and others have pointed out, the activity in question was clearly illegal. And if laws were in fact broken, then the lawbreakers must be held accountable, even if it extends all the way up to the White House. After all, if President Clinton could be impeached for lying under oath about a consensual relationship with another adult, surely abuses of this kind should at least be looked into.

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