Mr. President, war crimes must be investigated

Tortured posturing on harsh interrogation techniques

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

04/20/09

Although Barack Obama should be applauded for stopping torture by the U.S. government and pledging to close the infamous Guantanamo and worldwide CIA secret prisons, he is nevertheless playing politics with the issue to get the best of both worlds. To poke his predecessor, Obama released graphic memos from the Bush Justice Department that appallingly justified simulated drowning, sleep deprivation for extended periods (for example, an unbelievable 11 days), cramped confinement in a small dark box, stress positions for extended periods, forced nudity, and physical violence against detainees. At the same time, so as not to excessively rile the Republicans, who he must still work with to pass legislation, Obama said that CIA personnel who followed the twisted Bush legal guidelines authorizing such torture would not be prosecuted. He also came out against further inquiry into the matter because ‘nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.’ What a relief that we do not follow the same philosophy when murders or other illegal acts occur...

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Mr. President, war crimes must be investigated

AlterNet
by Ruth Rosen

04/20/09

I understand why President Obama doesn’t want to prosecute those who believed they were acting under laws written by the Office of Legal Counsel. But that is not the only policy he and other Democrats can pursue. … if we are truly a nation of laws, committed to the decency and morality we embrace, we cannot let people who justify or commit torture and other war crimes to escape prosecution...

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