"Despite the hopes of many human-rights advocates, the new Obama Justice Department is not likely to launch major new criminal probes of harsh interrogations and other alleged abuses by the Bush administration," Newsweek's Michael Isikoff reports. "But one idea that has currency among some top Obama advisers is setting up a 9/11-style commission that would investigate counterterrorism policies and make public as many details as possible."They should be.
"At a minimum, the American people have to be able to see and judge what happened," said one senior adviser, who asked not to be identified talking about policy matters. The commission would be empowered to order the U.S. intelligence agencies to open their files for review and question senior officials who approved "waterboarding" and other controversial practices.
Obama aides are wary of taking any steps that would smack of political retribution.
If they are talking about quitting the Patriot Act (because heaven forbid people are bitching unnecessarily about the possibility that their phone records might be accessed -OH MY!), I'd say grow up and choose something else to talk about. Our rights are not being taken away, our freedom is being protected.
Too easily said? If Obama attacks the Bush administration's oversight of our military in a time of war and the methods they may have used to obtain vital information to keep Americans safe from terrorism, we know the press will happily perform for him, but it will harm our resolve.
Some soldiers partaking in activities demoralizing other human beings should be punished, yes. But there are some things best left off of the American public's radar screen.