Johnathan Turley in response to a question by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gives us an insight as to why this prosecution is so desperately needed and hints at the reason Obama is avoiding it:
... what is really disturbing is that … he’s equating the enforcement of federal laws, that he took an oath to enforce … with an act of retribution in some sort of hissy fit or blame game.”Link
“It’s not retribution to enforce criminal laws,” insisted Turley. “What it is is obstruction to prevent that enforcement — and that is exactly what he’s done thus far. He’s trying to lay the groundwork to look principled when he’s doing an utterly unprincipled thing.”
“There aren’t any ‘convenient’ or inconvenient times to investigate war crimes,” Turley emphasized. “You don’t have a choice. … You have an obligation to do it.”
Turley believes that Obama is backing off from any investigation of war crimes “because an investigation will go directly to the doorstep of President Bush … and there’s not going to be a lot of defenses that could be raised for ordering a torture program.”
Spain’s torture probe ‘all but doomed’
Update: 12:45 PM PDT. At least the Spanish judge is trying to keep the indictments on track!
Government attorneys will defend CIA officials who participated in harsh interrogations