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Obama: Justice Could Prosecute Torture Lawyers

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Posted on Apr 21, 2009
White House / Pete Souza

Responding to reporters Tuesday, the president walked back from his “torture is a thing of the past” policy. While the administration still doesn’t want to hassle the good Germans who carried out torture, or even the superiors who ordered it, Obama said the Justice Department may go after the Bush lawyers who tried to legalize such abuses.

New York Times:

But in response to questions from reporters in the Oval Office, he said, “if and when there needs to be a further accounting,” he hoped that Congress would examine ways to obtain one “in a bipartisan fashion,” from people who are independent and therefore can build credibility with the public.

Mr. Obama said once again that he does not favor prosecuting C.I.A. operatives who used interrogation techniques that he has since banned. But as for lawyers or others who drew up the former policies allowing such techniques, he said it would be up to his attorney general to decide what to do, adding, “I don’t want to prejudge that.”

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By Bubba, April 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

Obama has become a clown.

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By Folktruther, April 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

This article is the kind of bullshit that the pseudo-Progressive truthers use to legitimate oppression and continuing torture. Using meaningly comments to draw real conclusions.

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By Ibett, April 21, 2009 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

Bush instigated the torture, lied us into war, wire tapped Americans, and the LEFT did call for impeachment and now we are calling for indictments! 

We have three branches of government for a reason, our Judiciary must call for an independent investigation. Our current president is trying too hard to please his backers and gain bipartisanship, a classic “king of diamonds”, but he has now opened a huge can of worms. The creators of the torture memos, the ones that carried out the torture and the ones that were in power and ORDERED the memos/torture MUST be tried before a jury of their peers.  America’s rug is getting awfully small!

The American People Must Demand Trickle-Down Prosecutions!

IBETT

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By Steve E, April 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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At any time I would replace Obama with Sen. Fiengold or Sen. Whitehouse. I wouldn’t think twice.

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By NYCartist, April 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

I am concerned that people will see/hear “could” as having real meaning.

Michael Ratner, Pres. of the Center for Constitutional Rights on the radio show (of which the Center is one producer) “Law and Disorder”, on WBAI http://www.wbai.org said, on yesterday’s show, that the President does not have constitutional authority to investigate, prosecute or do trials.  Laws were broken.

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By Jim Yell, April 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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Amazing as the Bush/Cheney White House did take it on themselves to issue edicts that they had no right to do both in public and most often in the dark shadows and hidden corners of his administration.

There is nothing like a Republican shacked up with his mistress and giving critic of someone elses faults.

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By dihey, April 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

What is happening here is one Obama blunder after another.

Blunder 1: Stating that CIO operatives who may have tortured must not be investigated or prosecuted. This is a blunder because the “White House” has no business determining who can and who cannot be prosecuted.

Blunder 2: Stating that the writers of the “torture memos” must not be investigated or prosecuted. This is a blunder because the “White House” has no business determining who can and who cannot be prosecuted.

Blunder 3:stating that the Justice Department may go after the Bush lawyers who tried to legalize such abuses. “May”? None of his administrative business.

This guy has a Caesar Complex the size of Mount Everest.

Imagine that the Bush Administration had done this. The cowardly left would have yelled “impeach, impeach, impeach!”

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