Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:56 pm

Uh, we didn’t quite mean what we said

Filed under: I want my country back. — Lex @ 9:56 pm

Turns out that although the Obama administration isn’t hot on prosecuting those who carried out torture, they haven’t ruled out prosecuting those who justified and ordered it. A coupla thoughts:

  • “Haven’t ruled out prosecuting” isn’t the same as “will prosecute.” It just kicks the can down the road. The U.S. is obligated under its own and international law to investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute these cases. This new administration pledged to abide by the law. Let’s see it.
  • If forced to choose, I’d rather prosecute those who ordered/justified torture than those who actually carried it out. But we shouldn’t have to choose; our own legal system specifically rejected the Nuremberg defense — “I was only following orders” — a long time ago. Moreover, the lower-level bad guys in one administration who get off scot-free or with a slap on the wrist seem to have a knack for showing up at even higher levels and in even more dangerous positions in later administrations. A felony conviction or two would go a long way toward curing that syndrome.

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