Obama posse says Bush torturers will go free; or, Bayh bye to decency
See AP via Yahoo! news, Obama advisers: No charges likely vs interrogators,
Two Obama advisers said there’s little — if any — chance that the incoming president’s Justice Department will go after anyone involved in authorizing or carrying out interrogations that provoked worldwide outrage. …
Asked this weekend during a Vermont Public Radio interview if Bush administration officials would face war crimes, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy flatly said, “In the United States, no.”
“These things are not going to happen,” said Leahy, D-Vt. …
But Michael Ratner, a professor at Columbia Law School and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, said prosecuting Bush officials is necessary to set future anti-torture policy.
“The only way to prevent this from happening again is to make sure that those who were responsible for the torture program pay the price for it,” Ratner said. “I don’t see how we regain our moral stature by allowing those who were intimately involved in the torture programs to simply walk off the stage and lead lives where they are not held accountable.” …
What “leadership” from Senator Leahy!
With Joe Lieberman as the returning head of the Homeland Security Committee, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of the Clinton Global Initiative State, and now this, one wonders if we actually elected Evan Bayh as president instead of Obama…
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