Sunday, July 12, 2009

Investigating torture

What, is Eric Holder now running for president? If so, he's got my vote.
Contrary to White House wishes, Attorney General Eric Holder may push forward with a criminal investigation into the Bush administration's harsh interrogation practices used on suspected terrorists.

Holder is considering whether to appoint a prosecutor and will make a final decision within the next few weeks, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on a pending matter.

A move to appoint a criminal prosecutor is certain to stir partisan bickering that could create a distraction to President Barack Obama's efforts to push ambitious health care and energy reform.

And we would not want to "stir partisan bickering" over something as trifling as a systematic program to commit war crimes on a broad scale contrary to all international and domestic law and all morality except the brute use of force, while destroying the image and mythology of the US as a force of freedom and human rights in the world, using the means of one of the very worst things human beings do to each other, so that the government could find some justification for a chosen and wildly misguided war of aggression that has led to the deaths of 100,000 civilians, has altered the the possibilities of any semblance of genuine global peace for the worse by defining a main force for peace in the world as a naturally vindictive beast, stirring racial and ethnic tensions, and has sapped the resources of the country, driving its debt and the burden on its children to unscalable heights,... would we?

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