“I write today to raise an issue of the utmost significance — the Administration’s use of torture against detainees held in U.S. custody. Despite widespread condemnation from Members of Congress, policy experts, and human rights advocates, Vice President Richard Cheney stated in a recent interview with ABC News that the torture policies used against detainees were appropriate and admitted that he played a role in their authorization. In fact, when asked if any of the tactics — including waterboarding — went too far, he responded with a curt ‘I don’t.’
“I find Vice President Cheney’s response deplorable, particularly in light of a recent report released by the Senate Armed Services Committee following an eighteen-month investigation. In sum, the bipartisan report found that ‘senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees.’ The report, led by Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, concluded that ‘those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority.’ I fully support Chairman Levin’s proposal for an outside Commission with subpoena power to investigate this matter further.”
Senator Boxer Calls for Hearings on the Use of Torture, December 19, 2008
Let us hope this does not lead to last minute prophylactic pardons. Of course, bush is so insane, he probably thinks they’ll all get Nobel Peace Prizes when they leave D.C. Criminal activities? What criminal activities?
On the other hand, Senator Boxer and your Senate colleagues, where have you been keeping this demand all these years? Better late than never, I guess.
Is it January 20, 2009 yet?