Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Obama Advisers: Torture Prosecutions Not Likely

Obama Advisers: Torture Prosecutions Not Likely:

"'Both for policy and political reasons, it would not be beneficial to spend a lot of time hauling people up before Congress or before grand juries and going over what went on,' Litt said at a Brookings Institution discussion about Obama's legal policy. 'To as great of an extent we can say, the last eight years are over, now we can move forward _ that would be beneficial both to the country and the president, politically.'"

Yes, let's set the precedent that the executive branch is above the law, that disrespect for the constitution and picking and choosing among the first ten amendments is what we expect from our justice department. That would be beneficial to the president, not just politically. How many criminals get to walk away and just say, "Well, my crimes are in the past and I'm not in a position to commit those particular crimes again. Can't we just say the past is over and move on?"

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