Thursday, April 16, 2009

Obama releases torture memos, won't prosecute CIA

After much internal wrangling, the Obama administration decided to release the Bush era legal memos that authorized torture of prisoners. Obama indicated he wasn't interested in prosecuting the CIA agents who conducted the torture during interrogations.

I'm okay with that. The agents were relying on legal opinions from the DOJ. Prosecuting them makes as little sense as having scapegoated the guards at Abu Ghraib for following orders from higher-ups. The people who authorized the torture are the ones that should be prosecuted, though I think it's unlikely they will be. Still, it at least exposes the Bush regime's criminality and explodes the myth that the memos could never be released on national security concerns. It's better than nothing.

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