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Obama-Holder: Bush Lawyers Off The Hook In Torture Investigation – Or Are They?

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Posted on January 31 2010 8:25 pm
John L. Work is a veteran of twenty years of Colorado law enforcement service and a graduate of Cal State Long Beach, B.A. and M.A. He has been a contributor and featured columnist for NewsRealBlog since January of 2010, and a guest columnist for FrontPageMagazine.

I do not believe any announcement that comes out of the Obama Administration until I see the action match the words.

An anonymous legal source has informed Carrie Johnson of the Washington Times that two high-level Bush Administration attorneys will not face sanctions for formulating policies that allowed water-boarding and harsh interrogations of terrorists like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed following the 9/11 attacks.  We’ll just see about that.  The American Left and its partner, The World of Islam, are not going to like this announcement – not one bit.  This is not the end of the Bush-Cheney investigation drama.  Persecuting them who wage war on Muslims is in vogue.  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is suffering this.

You can read Johnson’s story in The Washington Post here:

“Bush administration lawyers who paved the way for sleep deprivation and waterboarding of terrorism suspects exercised poor judgment but will not be referred to authorities for possible sanctions, according to a forthcoming ethics report, a legal source confirmed.

The work of John C. Yoo and Jay S. Bybee, officials in the Bush Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, provided the basis for controversial interrogation strategies that critics likened to torture in the years after al-Qaeda’s 2001 terrorist strikes on American soil. The men…became focal points of anger from Senate Democrats and civil liberties groups because their memos essentially insulated CIA interrogators and contractors from legal consequences for their roles in harsh questioning…

The conclusion is likely to unsettle interest groups that have sought a reckoning for lawyers who made possible brutal interrogation, warrantless wiretapping and other Bush counterterrorism strategies…”

Yes, indeed.  Those so-called interest groups will include the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the United Nations, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and whatever other Left-wing America-hating groups you can think of by the time you finish reading this piece.  There will be plenty of pressure brought to bear on the Obama Administration to undo this conclusion.

I hope I’m very wrong here, that Yoo and Bybee are truly in the clear.  But do not be surprised if Eric Holder and President Obama claim down the road that, despite their best efforts, this investigation of the Bush Administration was just taken right out of their hands by international opprobrium, and there was nothing they could do to stop the Iraq War and Torture Inquisition from going to the ICC.

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