Obama Won’t Buckle Under on Torture Inquiry
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
Seven former heads of the CIA formally requested that President Obama halt an ongoing inquiry into suspect abuse (aka torture) by the agency, arguing that important CIA work would be hampered by such an investigation. Obama didn’t bite, claiming that “nobody’s above the law.” Except George W. Bush, it seems. —JCL
President Obama has rejected a request by seven former heads of the CIA to end the inquiry into allegations of abuse of suspects held by the agency.
“Nobody’s above the law,” Mr Obama said in an interview with the American CBS television programme Face The Nation.
The US Attorney General Eric Holder last month named a prosecutor to examine whether the CIA had gone beyond approved interrogation methods.
The former heads wrote to Mr Obama saying the probe would hamper CIA work.
White House / Pete Souza
Obama, shown here speaking at an unrelated event, told an interviewer recently that “ ... I continue to believe that nobody’s above the law.”