W’s Legal Opinions Supposedly Trumped by President Obama’s Pen


Living up to his campaign promise, President Obama sent a signal to the world that he is breaking with King George W Bush’s policies. With the stroke of his pen, our new President has ordered his government not to rely on any legal opinions (concerning interrogation) produced by the Justice Department or other agencies BETWEEN Sept. 11, 2001, and this past Tuesday, when he assumed the presidency. A good start, so far …

Our new intelligence director, Dennis Blair, however, left open the possibility that techniques beyond the 19 currently approved for military interrogators could be authorized. Mr. Blair also suggested that some interrogation procedures would need to remain SECRET so potential adversaries could not train to resist them.

Upon hearing these comments, the New York Times reports that only SOME Democratic senators were left puzzled, while apparently the rest either didn’t care or overlooked the cheap slight of [mouth] trick.

The bottom line is: secret interrogation rules allow the abuse of US prisoners to continue (pain and simple). It is not enough to state that the US will recapture its moral bearings while secretly WE (yes, our government's actions are OUR actions) continue the practices that breed hatred and ignite future conflicts. Let's be transparrent about OUR government's treatment of OUR prisoners. To do otherwise would sink us further into the vaccuum of our prior monarch.

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Comment by Mark Daniel Snyder on January 23, 2009 at 3:05pm
Nice PR game Obama but the world is going to catch on soon if you keep bombing, bailing out corporations, and giving torcher policy wishy washy watered down staemnts.
Comment by Saffo on February 11, 2009 at 10:46am
This is what I've been saying all along. If voting made a difference, it'd be illegal. But people feel safer now--- they think things are so much better just because we have Obama as a president. And there's this disgusting liberal nationalist fervor sweeping the country. I know now more than ever that I have nothing in common with these liberal reformists. Elections don't mean shit.
Comment by Alfredo Murga, Esq. on February 11, 2009 at 11:01am
No matter where in the political spectrum one falls, this country suffers from short-term memory loss. the country honestly believes that the slate is clean every four years; as if we can start anew ... We have dug ourselves into a deep hole and the election of Obama is not the change the country needs. But alas, our system of democracy has allowed the ignorant, the forgetful and the dillusional to cast their meaningless votes. ce la vie (for now!)

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