Saturday, 18 April 2009

Obama Attacked from All Sides Over CIA Memos

The White House was engulfed by a maelstrom of anger yesterday after its decision to release memos from the Bush era providing legal cover for "enhanced" interrogation techniques in secret CIA prisons. At the same time, it made promises to protect those who implemented them from prosecution.

The act of releasing the memos with almost no blacking out of sensitive sections was attacked by two senior former Bush aides. Michael Hayden and Michael Mukasey, who served respectively as CIA director and US attorney general, said their publication "was unnecessary as a legal matter, and is unsound as a matter of policy".

Perhaps more controversial was the decision to couple their publication with assurances from Barack Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, that no one who carried out interrogations using the now disavowed techniques, including forcing detainees to stand naked for hours and slamming them against walls, would face prosecution.

President Obama and AG Holder are obligated to conduct a criminal investigation into the torture of prisoners which is a violation of the Geneva Conventions. They also need to go further, following the evidence trail, and arrest those that authorised these methods.

There are unindicted neocon War Criminals still at large. Those Republican shills that claim this is a politically motivated stunt need to take a good look at themselves. It is a matter of US Law.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 18th, 2009.]

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