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  •  For the record... (3+ / 0-)

    Obama didn't actually declare that there wouldn't be any prosecutions.

    He left the door wide open to prosecutions of anyone found not have acted in "good faith".

    There's currently an Inspector General's investigation underway to look into such things,

    •  Yeah, I know, but it was already... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...getting too wordy, so I didn't see any harm in being a bit sloppy on some of the details.

      Besides, I think it's important for him to realize that a HUGE number of people aren't aware of the distinction. My guess is that he's receiving quite a few letters worded this way from people who don't know that difference, and he's gonna have to deal with those as well.

    •  The laws against torture don't ask (1+ / 0-)
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      Brainwrap

      what was in the torturer's heart. The notion that someone could torture "in good faith" is a bit of sophistry that we grasp at so we can retain some faith in this guy. I ain't buying it.

      "A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government....President Bush has repeatedly violated the law for six years." Al Gore

      by psnyder on Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 07:31:31 PM PDT

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      •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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        Brainwrap

        I think the "good faith" probably applies to the interrogators – who likely may have thought they were acting on lawful orders – rather than the people who crafted the memos, who clearly should have (and probably did) know better.

        •  That's the Nuremberg defense. (1+ / 0-)
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          It didn't fly in war crimes trials in the past. It didn't save Nazi war criminals. It didn't save Japanese officers who water boarded? Why should it fly now? Because these are our guys? That's hypocritical bullshit, a little too kumbaya for me. Obama is debasing the notion of justice and committing a political form of denial that will leave torture imbedded in our national psyche, with a substantial portion of the population not disabused of the notion that torture's okay as long as your following orders. Stanley Milgram, anyone?

          "A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government....President Bush has repeatedly violated the law for six years." Al Gore

          by psnyder on Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 07:47:51 PM PDT

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