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Bush White House: We Don't Need Sweeping Pardons

Bush White House: We Don't Need Sweeping Pardons

The Bush administration has signaled that it won't be necessary to issue pardons for officials involved in harsh interrogation, even while the incoming Obama administration won't rule out an investigation. White House officials believe that legal opinions written by the Justice Department clear interrogators of any wrongdoing.

In September, Joe Biden said that the Obama administration would pursue appropriate charges against Bush officials not out of vengeance, but out of the need to preserve the notion that no one is above the law.

If Bush grants a blanket pardon to top officials, the public (and history) might consider it an admission that criminal activity plagued his presidency. Even so, do you expect to see preemptive pardons, for crimes such as torture or illegal wiretapping, before Bush leaves office?


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It seems as though a great deal of his pardons are going to the individuals involved in his brother's (Neil) Savings & Loan Scandal from the 80s.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I just don't see how Obama could sneak around the Bill of Rights to go after "our" guns. Bush hasn't done anything that has infringed on our civil rights.
stephley stephley 8 years
Yes it could - right now, it refers to stuff Bush has done. But, if Obama is allowed to follow Bush's example and alter laws with signing statements and rewrite rules via attorney opinions, he could well use the changes Bush has brought to presidential powers and go after your guns.
kranky kranky 8 years
I would say this quote could apply to many things... including bailouts, entitlement programs, and gun control laws.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
:oy: Yeah, we've sacrificed all kinds of freedoms and liberties in the name of safety.
stephley stephley 8 years
Ben Franklin anticipated you guys: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
It's not that we have to be reminded, it's that we don't think the "questionable stuff" is all that questionable.
stephley stephley 8 years
Questionable stuff happened before the revised Patriot Act was passed and there are serious questions about some of the administration's interpretations of what they were allowed to do after. Justice and upholding the Constitution should always be high, if not very top, priorities. I can't believe that republicans need to be reminded of that.
sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
you hate him already - It's no secret that he's not well liked and it's all with good reasons. what purpose does it serve him to lie - 1)He could be up on charges some day, with half his administration with him 2)he's probably frightened of what the people under him could reveal. He is not searching for your approval....was he ever? Be done with it already - They want us to fess-up that Obama was a bad decision (although he's not even in office yet). When they can't even admit after $600 billion on a war (which we can't come to 1 true conclusion on what we are really fighting for), thousand kills, a Recession, a fallen housing market and the list goes on.
kranky kranky 8 years
I couldn't tell from the article if Bush - himself - said no pardons. If he did, then I doubt he will issue sweeping pardons. I also doubt that Obama is going to end up looking too closely into such matters for the reason that Michelin stated - Obama voted for the law that protects perpetators in such matters. It would be disengenuous and counterproductive to retract it and then apply it retroactively. That does not mean that Obama might not rewrite the law in time. Plus, methinks he will have enough issues that require immediate attention once in office that it won't be a top priority.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
:lol: @NDiva. I just hope Pres Bush says no when it comes down the pipeline to pardon Mr. Ryan.
NDiva NDiva 8 years
All presidents have the right to pardon and pass crazy bills, before they leave office. President Reagan did worse. "My opinion". Hey, I'm hoping President Obama gives "REPARATIONS NOW" right before his term ends. Who's with me??
wren1 wren1 8 years
Bush's approval rating is abysmal. It's no secret that he's not well liked. And I really hope charges are brought against him and other top officials.
stephley stephley 8 years
No he's not up for re-election. But he could be up on charges some day, with half his administration with him.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
he would just be doing it so they wouldn't have to testify. i think he's probably frightened of what the people under him could reveal! hope the new administration does investigate~!
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I absolutely believe that he will issue sweeping pardons for all his top criminals I mean top officials.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
you hate him already, what purpose does it serve him to lie. He is not up for reelection. He is not searching for your approval....
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
big surprise!
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm sorry, I don't understand what you're saying.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
He said he wouldn't do it, and I truly think that Bush will do whatever the heck he wants, so i believe him. I mean it's not like he has any reason to lie. You all hate him already anyways. Can't get much worse for him. I personally don't think he should pardon anyone of the people in question. I don't like the idea of pardoning anybody unless you see their conviction was a witch hunt.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Yeah nice picture though citizen.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I don't expect to see any presumptive pardons for wiretapping because, based on his approval of the Patriot Act, Obama doesn't oppose it. So Bush and his administration have little to fear as far as being prosecuted for that. Sorry, didn't finish the thought.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I don't expect to see any presumptive pardons for wiretapping because, based on his approval of the Patriot Act, Obama doesn't oppose it.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
Hey CG! The post wasn't intended to be an attack on Bush. Just wanted to present the fact that White House officials believe that pardons are unnecessary because they acted within the law. Of course, any reaction to this news, positive or negative, is welcome!
stephley stephley 8 years
It's just so hard to think of anything nice to say about Bush. And the question isn't just about pardons, it's about sweeping, pre-emptive pardons for administration officials.
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