If the president is so worried that prosecutions of America's torturers and torture-enablers could feel like a partisan witch hunt, why not turn to a Republican with firsthand experience in being tortured?
The door to bringing torturers to justice is open only a crack. Whether it is kicked open or slammed shut is not up to the president. Though he may occupy the most powerful office on Earth, there is a force more powerful: committed people demanding change.
Will the Party of Clinton ever become the Party of Obama? It has now been more than two months since Barack Obama secured the Democratic presidential nomination, yet here we are, still fascinated with Bill and Hillary Clinton and what they're up to. Why?
Ah, good intentions, with which that famous path was paved: According to Justice Department documents obtained and released by the ACLU on Thursday -- albeit heavily redacted -- CIA interrogators were authorized to use waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" that they believed "in good faith" would not "have the specific intent to inflict severe pain or suffering."
The Washington Post has obtained a number of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's "snowflakes," curt memos fired off at a rate of up to 60 a day. The documents offer rare, unpolished insight into one of the principal architects of the Iraq war, who "argued that Muslims avoid 'physical labor' and wrote of the need to 'keep elevating the threat,' 'link Iraq to Iran' and develop 'bumper sticker statements' to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war."