Sunday, September 27, 2009

GOP Senators Cut and Run from Torture Probe

Is their any excuse the GOP will not use to avoid responsibility for the international crimes for which they share responsibility?  Here’s a beauty.

US torture 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."… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Washington Post>

Note how they refer to alleged war criminals as terror fighters.  But truthfully this is a positive development.  Without the constant flow of GOP objections, interruptions, whining,  obstruction, lies, and delays, Democrats can complete the investigation far more efficiently.  Let the investigation continue!


the walking man said...

While I don't particularly care for Rep.John Conyers of the House Judiciary I do think he is very interested for his own reasons in exposing the crap of the last administration.

TomCat said...

Really, Mark? What's the problem with Conyers?

the walking man said...

His wife is a recently convicted felon who operated on the Detroit City council as if it were her personal piggy bank. John has distanced himself and all but there are local rumors as well best not discussed as to the shady character of the couple in their private lives.

TomCat said...

Thanks Mark. Most of that must have come down during my absence. This is the first I've heard of it.