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  •  I think that's part of what the process is called (2+ / 0-)
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    internationally.  If I remember law school correctly commissions like this have been used in other countries when a corrupt, criminal government/enterprise is unseated.  Granting immunity allows for people to come forward without fear of prosecution so that we can learn publicly who did what and when.  With a trial there is so much that we'd never know because so many would be unwilling to testify, and the rules of evidence would obviously apply.  
    I'm really not sure where I stand on it all as it applies to the Bush administration.

    •  You're partly right about these commissions (0+ / 0-)

      In some ways they're good. But the BAD part is that, in the end, it not only grants immunity to those lower-level people who come and testify... in the end these T&R commissions VERY rarely recommend punishments for ANYONE, even those scum at the top.

      "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." -- Noam Chomsky

      by ratmach on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 02:01:09 PM PST

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