The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday called for a "truth commission" to investigate controversial actions of the Bush administration, including the politically inspired firings of U.S. attorneys, the treatment and torture of terrorism suspects and the authorization of warrantless wiretapping.I'm pretty sure you saw first hand exactly what happened. So why obsess with merely "accumulating the facts."
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said his proposal is meant to launch a fact-finding inquiry into key decisions of George W. Bush's presidency, including intelligence matters before and during the Iraq war and scandals at the Department of Justice. He said such a commission would not seek to prosecute former administration officials but would have the power to subpoena them to testify.
"Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened," Leahy said as he outlined his proposal during a speech at Georgetown University. "Sometimes the best way to move forward is getting to the truth, finding out what happened, so we can make sure it does not happen again."
Or is your presence in Congress really so insignificant that the focus of your job revolves around shaming the names of those you simply disagreed with, just to get your name in the history books?
"If every administration started to reexamine what every prior administration did, there would be no end to it," Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said last month. "This is not Latin America."Amen.