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Sen. Leahy proposes truth panel on Bush era abuses
Breitbart ^ | 2/9/09 | DEVLIN BARRETT

Posted on 02/09/2009 11:47:00 AM PST by xtinct

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is proposing a "truth commission" to investigate abuses of detainees, politically inspired moves at the Justice Department, and whole range of decisions made during the Bush administration. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the primary goal of the commission would be to learn the truth rather than prosecute former officials, but said the inquiry should reach far beyond misdeeds at the Justice Department under Bush to include matters of Iraq prewar intelligence and the Defense Department.

Leahy outlined his suggestion for a "truth and reconciliation" commission during a speech at Georgetown University Monday.

"I'm doing this not to humiliate people or punish people but to get the truth out," he said.

The panel he envisions would be modeled after one that investigated the apartheid regime in South Africa. It would have subpoena power but would not bring criminal charges, he said.

Among the matters Leahy wants investigated by such a commission are: the firings of U.S. attorneys, treatment and torture of terror suspect detainees, and the authorization of warrantless wiretapping.

"Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened" during the Bush administration, Leahy said.

Some Democrats have called for criminal investigations of those who authorized certain controversial tactics in the war on terror. Republicans have countered that such decisions made in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks should not be second-guessed.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: bush; distraction; leahy; moonbat
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Do these moonbat liberals wake up every morning wondering what nitwit proposal they can recommend that will cost the government aka taxpayers a boat load of money?
1 posted on 02/09/2009 11:47:01 AM PST by xtinct
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To: xtinct

I guess that means Sen. Milk Subsidies has paid his taxes. So uncommon for a Demonrat!


2 posted on 02/09/2009 11:49:46 AM PST by ushr435
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To: xtinct

Mr. Leahy wouldn’t know the truth if if bit in his butt.

Besides, Mr. Bush is no longer in office, is he?


3 posted on 02/09/2009 11:49:55 AM PST by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: xtinct

God forbid they would investigate all the illegal stuff they (themselves) do....please, someone get these people out of office. They are causing my blood pressure to rise leading to adverse health affects..


4 posted on 02/09/2009 11:50:22 AM PST by mikelets456
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To: RexBeach

They need a bad guy. Without an enemy, the masses will begin to look at them and their policies. We know this so called stimulus package will not help, so they are figuring they better line up a distraction for the media and the other Obamabots.

What better enemy then the ex-President? He has been demonized for eight years by a liberal press and he no longer has the power to do anything to protect himself. This is classic Marxist redirection via a show trial. It is also disgusting and unAmerican.


5 posted on 02/09/2009 11:50:30 AM PST by mort56
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To: xtinct

when did liberals care about truth? isn’t it relative to them?


6 posted on 02/09/2009 11:51:20 AM PST by GeronL (Had the flu. Not well yet.)
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To: xtinct

Guess Leakey is still stinging from that “F-off” remark from Cheney. *chuckle*


7 posted on 02/09/2009 11:51:28 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: xtinct

What was that, Mr.”Leaky” Leahy???


8 posted on 02/09/2009 11:52:11 AM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: xtinct
We need to see whether the American people are ready to take this path

They have doled out the "bread", now begins the Circus.

9 posted on 02/09/2009 11:52:21 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: xtinct

Democrat dream :”Keep Bush Alive!”


10 posted on 02/09/2009 11:52:24 AM PST by sickoflibs (Pelosi: "Create jobs by teaching kids to use condoms in recovery bill ",condom jobs??)
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To: xtinct

Methinks the “I Won” Party are about to overplay their hand.

I mean, what’s next? Kill the male children of all Bush Administration members? Raze their hometowns and salt the ground?


11 posted on 02/09/2009 11:54:30 AM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: xtinct

Looks like the democrats want to completely rewrite history with republicans always as the liars and them as always the saviors? I just watched Boxer on CSPAN2 say that democrats under Clinton balanced the budget? What lies!


12 posted on 02/09/2009 11:54:32 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

Clinton balanced the budget by taking the Social Security Trust Fund to balance the budget.


13 posted on 02/09/2009 11:56:04 AM PST by xtinct ("There's a sucker born every minute." P.T. Barnum)
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To: xtinct

The “Third World” is now in power and they of course are concerned about the Third World class members being held in Gitmo. The Third World will care for its own something the former governing class apparently forgot.


14 posted on 02/09/2009 11:56:27 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: xtinct

This be nothing but a witch hunt that will give the Democrats a device to continually relate our current problems back to Bush and deflect examination of Obama’s failure, which they are apparently anticipating.


15 posted on 02/09/2009 12:01:40 PM PST by Spok
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To: xtinct
FYI (Re: House hearings): lead Bush/Cheney/Rove investigator, John Conyers Jr, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has ties to a group calling for the armed overthrow of the U.S. government. The organization, World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime, is a known front for the Revolutionary Communist Party. So if anyone needs to be "investigated", it's this treasonous POS, John Conyers!

Details at:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2172287/posts?page=8#8

16 posted on 02/09/2009 12:01:51 PM PST by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: xtinct
Truth Commission? Can ‘necklacing’ be far behind?
17 posted on 02/09/2009 12:05:49 PM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: xtinct

How about a panel to report abuses on TAXPAYERS by the Dems.!


18 posted on 02/09/2009 12:07:27 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: xtinct

Truth Committee?

Has a nice ring to it. Would be chaired by a Truth Commissar? Master of the Truth.

Or just Obama? You know, THEE Truth.

Gets creepier every day.


19 posted on 02/09/2009 12:11:08 PM PST by StAntKnee (It's a show about NOTHING!)
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To: StAntKnee

“Truth Committee?”

I meant Truth Commission.


20 posted on 02/09/2009 12:12:33 PM PST by StAntKnee (It's a show about NOTHING!)
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To: xtinct
The beginnings of a new gov't bureaucracy ...


21 posted on 02/09/2009 12:14:28 PM PST by CapnJack
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To: xtinct

Any proposal from Patrick Leahy for “truth” about anything is a study in oxymorons. Leahy and truth do not exist in the same universe.


22 posted on 02/09/2009 12:15:06 PM PST by alloysteel (The term "Islam" does not mean "peace", it means "gaining serenity through surrender".)
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To: xtinct
I think Cheney put it to Leahy best .
23 posted on 02/09/2009 12:18:06 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Tallguy

Necklacing? Haven’t thought of that one, however I see an attempt to re-create the “Cultural Revolution”.


24 posted on 02/09/2009 12:25:54 PM PST by Fred Hayek (Leftism is a mental disorder.)
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To: alloysteel

Leahy is the one who got Lake Champlain reclassified as one of the Great Lakes so that Vermont could cash in on some program. I think it was reversed because everyone considered it ridiculous, although they may have had to go to court to accomplish that.


25 posted on 02/09/2009 12:29:10 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: xtinct
"I'm doing this not to humiliate people or punish people but to get the truth out," he said.

Does he really want to open that can of worms? Oh wait, I forgot. Some things just don't apply anymore.

"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."
('Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal' 1966)
26 posted on 02/09/2009 12:37:05 PM PST by stentorian conservative
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To: xtinct

Heck, the money for it is probably in the “stimulus” bill.


27 posted on 02/09/2009 12:37:22 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: xtinct

A senate truth commission? BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA (inhales) HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAH!


28 posted on 02/09/2009 12:40:30 PM PST by chris37
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To: mort56
Without an enemy, the masses will begin to look at them and their policies.

Exactly. This is a time-honored strategy.

When Obama or somebody in his group denied that they were considering trials for Bush and people in his administration, somebody on FR said that it wouldn't start at the top. First you'd here flaky folks like DU and some of the more rabid media folks, like Olbermann, start talking about it. Then some congress critter would pick it up. And then, before you know it, Bambi will begin to reconsider and the entire country will be howling for Bush's blood.

We've done steps one and two. As usual, everything is moving faster than I expected. So I guess step three couldn't be too far away.

29 posted on 02/09/2009 12:48:04 PM PST by livius
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To: xtinct

The Federal Government no longer represents (works for) us. We work for the Government... literally.


30 posted on 02/09/2009 12:48:04 PM PST by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: LearsFool; Tallguy
Methinks the “I Won” Party are about to overplay their hand.

I mean, what’s next? Kill the male children of all Bush Administration members? Raze their hometowns and salt the ground?

Justice, Demoncrat style...

31 posted on 02/09/2009 12:48:07 PM PST by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

It’s a cultural thing. Now that we have a Kenyan president, we should start adopting some of the colorful customs of his native land.


32 posted on 02/09/2009 12:49:54 PM PST by livius
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To: xtinct
Must read:

The Nastiest Democrat- Jay Nordlinger

33 posted on 02/09/2009 12:50:50 PM PST by synbad600
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To: xtinct

There’s a reason that pathetic POS is called ‘Leaky’ Leahy and it has nothing to do with his bladder control.

Let’s ventilate the reasons for his nickname before this so-called ‘truth’ panel, and be sure everyone in America knows about it.


34 posted on 02/09/2009 12:52:36 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: xtinct

Let the impeachment proceedings begin!!!!

Oh wait...


35 posted on 02/09/2009 12:53:22 PM PST by Slapshot68
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To: xtinct
This is Lehy attempting to punish Republicans for not laying down over the prokulus bill.

Watch more of these time andmoney wasting veiled threats arise as Republican resistance to the Pork bill stiffens.

Maybe we should investigate ACORN and it's connection with Obama and election fraud?

If Lehy will go that route at the same time he goes Bush beating, I will take THAT deal!

36 posted on 02/09/2009 12:54:14 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: chris_bdba

And what’s really sad is....most of their dumbed-down constituents believe it because they don’t know any better. Hence the leftist agenda to keep them dumbed-down. Those of us that know the truth will either be eliminated or re-educated and eventually the truth will become what the leftists lie about.

Hell, they’re already blaming this current meltdown on Republicans. And the useful idiots will get no ‘other’ news from here on from mainscream media.

Witness Zero/Big “O” saying that the mess was waiting for him when he took office. Well hell yeah, it was waiting for you, doofus. Your socialist guys had been controlling the congressional purse strings for TWO FREAKIN YEARS by the time you showed up!


37 posted on 02/09/2009 12:55:15 PM PST by XenaLee
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To: xtinct

Let the Soviet-style kangaroo court show trials begin!


38 posted on 02/09/2009 12:58:10 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: xtinct

This is fine, as long as they do it for the Clinton admin first.


39 posted on 02/09/2009 1:00:10 PM PST by Rennes Templar (The Messiah and the Religion of Fleece)
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To: LearsFool

I think that this is the beginning. I predict that they will overplay their hand big time.

Actually, I really want them to do this. Liberalism not only fails where ever it has been tried but also is the most unpopular. I think by springtime, the hideous mask of liberalism of Hussien, Reid, Pelosi, and MSM will be on full display for the whole world to see. The public will not only see it but will know what it is. And the public will puke.


41 posted on 02/09/2009 1:05:02 PM PST by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

dangit cut and paste that whole link....instead of clicking...it left out the end...


42 posted on 02/09/2009 1:05:10 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: xtinct
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is proposing a "truth commission" to investigate abuses of detainees, politically inspired moves at the Justice Department, and whole range of decisions made during the Bush administration.

Truth Commission? "Leaky" Leahy? ROFLOL!!!!!

43 posted on 02/09/2009 1:07:40 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: xtinct

All it will take is for one Bush official to give a Jack Nicholson type speech and the whole thing will blow up in the Dems’ faces. Go for it, Leahy . . .


44 posted on 02/09/2009 1:08:20 PM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: Spok
Oh, I'm sure these 'bipartison loving', 'hope bringing', 'change committing' demoncrats only want to ask President Bush a few little questions about his 8 years in the White House:

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45 posted on 02/09/2009 1:17:25 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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U.S. senator seeks Bush-era ‘truth commission’
Reuters
Posted on 02/09/2009 11:13:16 AM PST by Sub-Driver
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2181715/posts


46 posted on 02/09/2009 1:27:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/ _____ it's February 2009! _____ do you know where JimRob is?)
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To: xtinct

Patrick Leahy is proof positive that there’s no fool like an old fool.


47 posted on 02/09/2009 1:30:08 PM PST by andonte
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To: xtinct

If they really wanted the truth, most of the present administration would be too busy defending themselves to do much damage to the rest of us.


48 posted on 02/09/2009 1:30:55 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: xtinct
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power." --George Orwell, 1984
49 posted on 02/09/2009 1:42:31 PM PST by Mojave (Barack Obama is a joke)
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To: mort56
"They need a bad guy. Without an enemy, the masses will begin to look at them and their policies...."

DING, DING, DING!!! We have today's winner of the thread!

50 posted on 02/09/2009 1:56:56 PM PST by avacado (Bipartisanship is when Democrats and Republicans get together to rob the American people blind)
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