Friday, April 24, 2009

On the torture memos

Yes, I do think it was right to release the memos on torture during the Bush administration. The American people knew something was up and they have a right to have the details as to what was going on with POWs in Iraq as well as suspected terrorists, particularly at Gitmo. However, it is important to think of a few important issues as the Obama administration gets to the bottom of torture issues:
-Protect the identity of CIA officials as much as possible, one of the biggest scandals in a laundry list of them during the Bush years was the outing of Valerie Plame, Obama and his administration does not want to go down that route otherwise there could be some serious criticism and most likely charges against officials just like in the Bush administration.
-Use discretion as to who is brought to testify and eventually charged. While those that are high up on the chain of command are responsible for the actions regarding torture, there could be some backlash from the Republicans and they could take all measures possible to prevent charges being filed. Additionally, they will use everything in their power to stop Obama's agenda and if they get back control of either house in 2010, they could stall his agenda to the point where there is a moving van on January 20, 2013 in front of the White House.

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