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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Do they really want to go down this road?

First, Obama released (to the dismay of his own CIA Director and 4 former CIA diretors) memos detailing interrogation procedures and then authorized the release of photos of such events. Now, he can't decide whether or not to prosecute Bush administration officials for authorizing these same interrogations in the aftermath of 9/11. Do they really want to go down this road? Obama is going down a slippery slope and making his own party look stupid.

Former CIA Director Porter Goss said the following in response to Speaker Nancy Peloisi, who was the ranking Democratic member on the House intel committee in 2002, comment that she didn't know anything about these interrogation practices. She was only there when the meetings took place with members of Congress and the CIA. Goss said "...I am slack-jawed to read that members claim to have not understood that the techniques on which they were briefed were to actually be employed; or that specific techniques such as “waterboarding” were never mentioned. It must be hard for most Americans of common sense to imagine how a member of Congress can forget being told about the interrogations of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. In that case, though, perhaps it is not amnesia but political expedience."

Obama being open to prosecuting Bush officials goes against his own campaign promise of looking forward. We are opening up a can of worms if a new administration decides to go back and prosecute the previous one for actions that they may or may not like. Let's remember when these practices were being discussed. It was months after 9/11 and the horror of watching many Americans jump from the 100th floor of WTC 1 or WTC 2 were still fresh in our minds. If we are going to go after Bush, then what about Truman, FDR, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Clinton for not taking Bin Laden when he had the chance or for that matter Obama for neglience in keeping this country safe.

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