Obama must prosecute Bush-era torture enablers

Christian Science Monitor

by Larry Cox

06/15/09

With Dick Cheney and the infamous torture memos making headlines, President Obama and our nation face a choice. Should they prosecute or protect those responsible for the torture of detainees in secret CIA detention centers? If our leaders wish to steer our country back to the right side of the law, they must act immediately and unequivocally to prosecute. The problem is that leading senators want the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to complete its investigation into the treatment and interrogation of detainees (which could take between four and six months), before any prosecution is launched. Yet such a delay would potentially risk running out the clock on certain types of prosecution...

//www.csmonitor.com/2009/0615/p09s01-coop.html



The Obama officials blocking accountability for Bush crimes

Salon
by Glenn Greenwald

06/15/09

The argument Brennan made against release of the CIA torture memos is the same argument made to justify suppression of the torture photos: namely, ‘that exposing such details could spark an anti-American backlash.’ Precisely because Obama has retained so many people involved with or otherwise linked to Bush abuses, he is surrounded by people actively working to block any investigation into or accountability for those crimes. The most egregious example Mayer describes is the CIA official responsible for the abduction and rendition-for-torture of German citizen Khaled el-Masri, who turned out to be completely innocent …

//www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/06/15/brennan/


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