Skip to comments.The Torture Memo Witchhunt
Posted on 04/21/2009 7:21:58 PM PDT by Starman417
Mike wrote about the release of those torture memo's earlier today and described the pandora's box he has now opened. To go along with that post is a great interview of former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson by Hugh Hewitt. A few portions that spell out the s&*tstorm Obama is brewing up, including the danger he is putting this country in are below:
HH: What do you I think this is an enormous error. I think this is the launching of a witch hunt. What do you think?
MG: I think its a terrible error for a couple of reasons. One of them is that I think that the release of these memos, and now the talk of these prosecutions, is creating an atmosphere in which people in our intelligence services, people in our government, are going to be very timid about pursuing absolutely essential elements in the war on terror. This is creating an atmosphere thats more like the pre-9/11 atmosphere when people were complacent and afraid to confront these problems. And Im afraid that weve returned to that attitude, that were going to return to some of those outcomes eventually. And so I think its a serious challenge. Now let me make one more point here, which is if there are going to be investigations of people who knew about these things, and who approved of them, then thats going to have to include Nancy Pelosi and Senator Rockefeller, who were both briefed, along with other members of the Intelligence community in Congress about thirty times on all of these techniques beginning in 2002. The fact of the matter is that this represents what was happening in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. the intelligence community had no idea if there were going to be further attacks, how large the al Qaeda network was in the United States. And they were pursuing by their best lights, according to their best legal interpretation, matters that they thought were essential to American security. You cant criminalize that.
And he makes a very good point here:
MG: Well, I havent been presented with that, and I hope not to. I mean, its one of the real concerns here. And this is true of people that were in the Clinton administration, its true of people in the Bush administration. I think its a real mistake to try to criminalize policy disagreements. You know, we can disagree with some of the things that the Clinton people did. You know, people disagree with things that people in the Bush administration did. But people were involved, for example, at the Justice Department, were making their best legal judgments. Its very hard under those circumstances to try to impose a mindset, a kind of witch hunt mindset to people that thought they were doing their duty.
Obama opens up this box and it may very well come back to bite him in the ass....Gerson tells us how:
(Excerpt) Read more at Flopping Aces ...
I would not call it an “error.” It’s a clear abuse of power. But on the other hand, it might serve some good. If Obama brings charges against former Bush Admin. officials, then the GOP can bring charges against the former Obama Admin. officials, when the time comes.
The Clinton impeachment started as a sexual harassment lawsuit. The same issue Dems grilled Thomas about a few years earlier.
Alas for the Obamistas, there won’t be anymore Mr. Nice guy stuff.
Is it to be a criminal offense to protect the nation against a clear and present danger? Why? What is the gain? The clear and present danger now is apparently from within.
- the hearings would have to be secret.
- Discovery would have to be allowed
- Witnesses, to include congresscritters, would have to be called
I'm thinking the prosecution shouldn't get off the ground....but there is no accounting for what a moron would decide to do.
I'm sure on some planet that might happen, but his weak link is: this is Earth.
Thanks God FUBO didn’t follow Truman or he would investigate the dropping of the bomb.
Yes, for sure and for certain. If that pile of Kenyan monkey crap goes after Bush and his people, we have enough on Obama already to go after him for Crimes and Misdemeanors. Mark Levin says he is prepared to bring down Obama, legally. And I believe Levin has the gonads and legal skills to do it. Those who believe this should donate to Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation. They do a lot of good work by going after out of control union activities, the NEA, the EPA, the IRS, misuse of federal and educational funds in universities - plus much more.
It will totally happen bet on it - the only way to keep the rino party focused on things other than the national socialists agenda. Too busy with depositions and defense lawyers to stop the agenda.