Sunday, January 25, 2009

injustice, continued

Just because de facto President George W. Bush is gone back to Texas doesn't mean that Republican attacks on justice are over. This time, it's literal - they don't want to approve Eric Holder as Attorney-General unless Obama's Department of Justice promises not to prosecute anybody over national security abuses.

Funny. I thought the Bush and Republican Party line was that there WERE no crimes committed, and nobody was tortured, and no civil liberties were infringed, and no laws broken. So what are they worried about? The fact that they want such a guarantee is the very best reason for refusing to give one.

It's an unAmerican thing to do, to ask for assurances that essentially put these men above the law. UnAmerican, and Republican.

I don't know whether or not there is a good case, and a good reason, to prosecute. But as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said, "Anyone familiar with the criminal justice system -- especially those with experience as prosecutors or judges -- should know that a prosecutor should make no determination about who to prosecute before he or she has all the facts, and particularly not in response to legislative pressure."

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