Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CIA, You Can Run But You Can't Hide

I never thought it would happen but it actually did - the CIA operatives during the Bush Administration who thought they had a get-out-of-jail-free card for torturing terrorist suspects after 9-11 just had that card revoked. There's a new Sheriff in town, and his name is Eric Holder.

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder officially opened a preliminary investigation into whether some CIA operatives broke the law in their coercive interrogation techniques (ie. "waterboarding") of suspected terrorists. These CIA agents must have forgotten about that little thing called the 8th Amendment of the Constitution.

Since his announcement, the Right has been in an uproar over the audacity of such a move, and the Left thinks they've won a cracker jack prize, but what does this really mean? This couldn't come at a more divisive time given the tensions surrounding the Health Care debate. This announcement may provide a new carrot on a stick for the public to follow, thereby diverting their gaze away from the Health Care debate as Democrats run their versions of the Health Care reform bills through Congress. On the other hand, it could exacerbate the problems between the Republicans and Democrats as I'm almost willing to predict that we see some kind of TV ad commercial tugging at the patriotic heart strings of Americans and explaining how Eric Holder is the Devil.

Politics aside, I submit that this is the right thing to do no matter how we want to try and spin it. If people break the law, then they break the law. That includes Presidents, their staff, Congressmen and women, all the way down to the janitor of a political blog. Nobody should get a pass, and they definitely should not get a pass based on ideological grounds. The law is the law. Period.

Should Holder go through with these prosecutions? Thoughts on how this one plays out?
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