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Investigate Bush but Take Prison Off the Table?

President Obama's reluctance to investigate President Bush stems from his desire to focus on the future, but Senator Patrick Leahy says the country cannot move forward without a comprehensive investigation into the Bush administration.

Yesterday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy outlined his vision for the investigation, which he sees as a compromise for those who oppose any investigation and those who are itching for one. He explained:

Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened. [It's] not to humiliate people or punish people, but to get the truth out, so we don't make the same mistakes again. We fought Revolution in this country so we could protest the actions of government. We should protect that.

The commission could be endowed with the subpoena power, but perhaps not the power to put people in prison. Leahy suggests filling the commission, which would look into civil liberties and human rights abuses, with universally respected individuals who don't have political vendettas.

Could you get behind this sort of accountability?

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Pegona Pegona 7 years
Sounds like a good compromise.
stephley stephley 7 years
You might want to triple check CG, your "facts" are problematic.
stephley stephley 7 years
You might want to triple check CG, your "facts" are problematic.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
hypno - It's not Bush's and Cheney's responsibility to show that they are innocent. It's the prosecuter's job to show that they are guilty. The fact that he hasn't brought any charges against the two is very telling.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
yes waterboarding is prohibited....by the us military. Now its prohibited as of jan 22nd by the CIA. double check your facts. i did.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
It's a little late now isn't it?
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
No, ECU. Stephley is above college learnins. However, I wonder how extensive your background in International political science is if that's your opinion.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
No, ECU. Stephley is above college learnins. However, I wonder how extensive your background in <b>International</b> political science is if that's your opinion.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
“we’ve been screaming this for 2-4 years now," That is precisely my point (officials) just need to shut up and do it if they're going to do it. What better way to shut them up and show innocence or wrong doing once and for all. Believe it or not when officials scream about something for four years that's quite costly too, so I would say to them shut the hell up and do it or not.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
“we’ve been screaming this for 2-4 years now,"That is precisely my point (officials) just need to shut up and do it if they're going to do it. What better way to shut them up and show innocence or wrong doing once and for all. Believe it or not when officials scream about something for four years that's quite costly too, so I would say to them shut the hell up and do it or not.
Myst Myst 7 years
CG, waterboarding was always considered to be crime that's deemed as torture and is and has has always been illegal.
stephley stephley 7 years
CG, you might want to double check your facts. Thanks and I wish ECU, but I'm just a curious amateur.
stephley stephley 7 years
CG, you might want to double check your facts. Thanks and I wish ECU, but I'm just a curious amateur.
ECULeah ECULeah 7 years
Very well said stephley. Do I sense a background in political science or law like myself? If we don't investigate our own wrongdoings, we will lose all credibility on the international stage.
ECULeah ECULeah 7 years
Very well said stephley. Do I sense a background in political science or law like myself?If we don't investigate our own wrongdoings, we will lose all credibility on the international stage.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
But that wasnt admitting to a war crime, in accordance to what a war crime is defined to be at that time. on january 22nd of this year he made it illegal for the CIA to waterboard, it wasnt before according to interogation rules by the military handbook.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
But that wasnt admitting to a war crime, in accordance to what a war crime is defined to be at that time. on january 22nd of this year he made it illegal for the CIA to waterboard, it wasnt before according to interogation rules by the military handbook.
Myst Myst 7 years
I think they should be investigated but as CG said, it shouldn't become the witch hunt. No one is above the law. I didn't like the warrant-less taping and the American people have the right to know what went on, and Cheney and his croonies needs to own up to his crimes, however IMO there are a lot more important things for us as a country to be worrying about right now and this shouldn't be our primary focus.
Myst Myst 7 years
I think they should be investigated but as CG said, it shouldn't become the witch hunt. No one is above the law. I didn't like the warrant-less taping and the American people have the right to know what went on, and Cheney and his croonies needs to own up to his crimes, however IMO there are a lot more important things for us as a country to be worrying about right now and this shouldn't be our primary focus.
stephley stephley 7 years
Both Bush and Cheney say they were told about and approved waterboarding of at least one detainee. That's admitting to a war crime. Both discussed it in taped interviews.
stephley stephley 7 years
Both Bush and Cheney say they were told about and approved waterboarding of at least one detainee. That's admitting to a war crime. Both discussed it in taped interviews.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
Far less than what, Stephley? What exactly is it that you think he's done?
stephley stephley 7 years
That's pretty much the same in any criminal trial and in the history of war crimes, people have been convicted on far less.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
What you heard, and what they said can be very different and distinct things.
stephley stephley 7 years
No Dave it actually doesn't - both made very clear statements that they authorized certain actions. The only thing that could be partisan about it now is whether the U.S. wants to allow war crimes in order for some of its citizens to feel safe.
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