Eugene Robinson (WaPo):
'Those methods' are not just immoral but also illegal--The many roads of inquiry into the Bush administration's abusive "interrogation techniques" all lead to one stubborn, inconvenient fact: Torture is not just immoral but also illegal. This means that once we learn the whole truth, the law will oblige us to act on it.Howie P.S.: This morning, Robinson discussed the legal and moral issues of torture on "Morning Joe" (video-11:54). Earlier this week, Mr. Robinson won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. "In Obama's Inner Circle, Debate Over Memos' Release Was Intense" (WaPo) reports on the discussions inside the White House and the various voices and positions Obama heard and considered. Glenn Greenwald does a fine job of exposing how the Washington media elites cover the asses of the Washington political elites:
From the viewpoint of the Obama administration, the alternatives may be unattractive or even unacceptable. No one wants to see low-ranking CIA interrogators go down for doing what their superiors told them was legal, especially if the superiors are not held to account. But pursuing criminal charges against the highest-ranking officials of the previous administration would be unprecedented, and it is unclear where such a process might lead.
It will be hard to stop this train, though. The rule of law is one of this nation's founding principles. It's not optional. Our laws against torture demand to be obeyed -- and demand to be enforced.
The single most sacred Beltway belief is that elites are exempt from the rule of law.The recent problems that some Obama nominees had with their income taxes also seems to validate this observation.