GOP Senators to Holder: Don’t Investigate Torture

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm

You know what Monday is, right? That’s the date, ordered by Judge Alvin Hellerstein, for the government to disclose the CIA inspector general’s 2004 report into the agency’s torture apparatus to the American Civil Liberties Union in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. That document, which according to reports is filled with grisly tales of abuse, is reportedly prompting Attorney General Eric Holder to consider a special prosecutor — but only to investigate low-level CIA interrogators who went “beyond” the legal guidance issued to the agency by CIA and Bush administration lawyers. Liberals have been pretty dissatisfied by the idea that the guy who waterboarded a detainee with — to steal a memorable phrase that Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) used at Netroots Nation on Saturday — 8 oz. of water would be investigated but the lawyer or official who said it was OK to waterboard someone with 3 oz. of water has nothing to worry about.

Of course, that’s way too much for nine GOP senators, including Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who, as Politico’s Manu Raju reports, sent a letter to Holder insisting that if he investigates anyone for torture then it’s only a matter of time before the next terrorist attack.

[T]here is little doubt that further investigations and potential prosecutions of CIA officials would chill future intelligence activities. The intelligence community will be left to wonder whether actions taken today in the interest of national security will be subject to legal recriminations when the political winds shift…

I’m sure I can speak for Daphne when I say I can’t wait for Monday’s release of the CIA report.

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johnhkennedy
Comment posted August 19, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

Obama and Holder should ignore the Republicans on health care and on investigating Torture. The GOP obstructionists care little for our Rule of Law or Constitution. Don't limit this investigation to the CIA agents in the field. Investigate and indict the higher ups that allowed and encouraged the
Bush-Cheney Conspiracy To Torture.

Rolling back the constitutional abuses of power by Bush and Cheney is equally as important as health care reform. One wonders if a Democratic Congress that Refuses to Enforce our Federal Torture Laws will get us much of anything that we voted for?

We are looking for one patriot at every public Obama event to stand up and ask our very good President Obama the following question:
“Mr. President, since you have not demonstrated a commitment to enforcing our Federal Anti-Torture Laws by prosecuting those Bush-Cheney Administration persons that conspired to Torture, it is beginning to appear that you support Torture
so I ask you Sir, “Why do you support Torture?”

His answer should be interesting.

Keep up the pressure for investigation and prosecution.

Keep asking ALL politicians at ALL public events “Why do they support Torture?”

If they aren't actively calling for enforcement of our Federal Torture Laws They Support Torture.

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strangely_enough
Comment posted August 19, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

“…legal recriminations when the political winds shift…”
Funny, since torture was already illegal.


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TomDegan
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

Yeah. Let the investigations proceed and the chips fall where they may. In the course of destroying this country, George W. Bush (the First Fool as I loved to call him) undid DECADES of diplomatic protocol.

Were these morons able to get information via torture? Sure they did. Most of that info was false. You see, under those circumstances, the person being tortured will say just about anything. It is quite interesting: no one in this administration (Excuse me, I meant to say, “THAT administration) was smart enough to figure this out.

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Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


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