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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 6:10 am

Shorter Kit Bond: “Waaaaaaahhhhh! I’m going home!”

Filed under: Hold! Them! Accountable! — Lex @ 6:10 am
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The Republicans in the Senate Intelligence Committee having taken to their fainting couches because the attorney general is apparently going to at least pretend to, you know, uphold the law and stuff:

Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Friday that they will no longer participate in an investigation into the Bush administration’s interrogation policies, arguing that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s decision to reexamine allegations of detainee abuse by the CIA would hobble any inquiry.

The intelligence committee launched a review in March of CIA interrogations of high-value detainees such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who describes himself as the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Senate staffers are poring over hundreds of thousands of classified documents to probe the history and effectiveness of the CIA program, as well as congressional oversight of agency practices.

Last month, Holder appointed a career prosecutor to review allegations of detainee abuse by CIA operatives, but he stressed that neither the review nor any full investigation, should it follow, means that criminal charges are inevitable.

“Had Mr. Holder honored the pledge made by the President to look forward, not backwards, we would still be active participants in the Committee’s review,” the ranking Republican on the intelligence panel, Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, said in a statement. “What current or former CIA employee would be willing to gamble his freedom by answering the Committee’s questions? Indeed, forcing these terror fighters to make this choice is neither fair nor just.”

Kit, I’m a lot less worried about current or former CIA employees gambling their freedom by answering Senate questions than I am about their gambling their freedom by, well, torturing people and all. And here’s a clue: You should be, too, nitwit.

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