I don't know about you, but I find it somewhat distasteful that such an important and serious matter is being tested in the press for political reaction. I guess it's better than nothing, but I would think that Justice Department investigations should be undertaken without regard to public reaction.Well not in the Obama administration anymore than the Bush administration. The more we 'change' the more we stay the same ...
Good luck America. I don't know which will get us first --global warming or our own elected politicians.
As usual, Glenn Greenwald gets to the heart of the matter:
Prosecuting only obscure "rogue" interrogators while immunizing powerful, high-level officials would not be an act of courage but of cowardice.I do have a quibble with the following though:
... If Holder is too frightened to include the parties truly responsible for America's torture regime in the scope of the investigation he orders, then he ought simply to appoint a strong and independent prosecutor with the mandate to investigate anyone and everyone who might have broken our nation's torture laws ...I doubt Holder or Obama have the courage to even delegate the responsibility. It seems that they think their job is to cover up and therefore their inclination, or at least Obama's inclination, is to manage the public perception by play acting. The last thing they want is for their act to get a life of its own.
Then again they haven't gotten their stories straight about how to best screw the country and protect the thugs, yet.
UPDATE: Harper's Scott Horton, who has been working on this story for a couple of weeks using DOJ sources of his, now reports at The Daily Beast that Holder's investigation would be broader than suggested by other reports today: ...