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  •  I was trying to imagine… (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama announcing an investigation of the CIA involvement. Maybe I've been watching too many political skulduggery movies, but I flashed on some of them deciding to take him out.

    I could live with the underlings not facing justice, but not the immoral schemers at the top. I hope that momentum rapidly builds to prosecute those.

    •  That's Not How It Goes (1+ / 0-)
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      He doesn't have to make a mistake to "do the right thing". He doesn't have to investigate the CIA on this at all.

      What he has to do is to investigate who in the former administration broke federal and international laws on torture and domestic spying. He then aims the investigation at the top person who broke the law.

      After that, he allows low-level CIA members who were involved to get immunity in exchange for testifying against their bosses. Then he works up until he gets to the highest officials who broke the law.

      It's not like we don't know who those people are, but it has nothing to do with the CIA. You play the game. Everyone knows the game. No one in the lower levels of CIA is going to be threatened by this.

      But, if you are smart and strategic in your thinking, you don't start with giving them all blanket immunity. That's poor strategy. Didn't these people ever go to war college?

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