Obama Welcomes Interrogation Investigations

21 Apr

In a sharp move away from what his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, said over the weekend, President Obama told reporters today that he is open to a deeper investigation of the controversial interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration.

This has been a tug-of-war between Obama and the GOP. There was even talk that the Republicans were attempting to blackmail Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, to prevent the release of memos detailing and promoting torture techniques written by Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Obama is now telling Congress that if they really do want to look into this controversial remnant of the Bush years (another way of saying “Are you sure you wanna do this? Ok, whatever.”), they should only focus at the top of the food chain and use an independent commission rather than a congressional committee.

From Politico:

“I’m not suggesting that that should be done but I’m saying, if you’ve got a choice, I think it’s very important for the American people to feel this is not being done — to provide one side or the other political advantage but rather it’s being done in order to learn some lessons so that we move forward in an effective way,” Obama said.

Former Veep Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and almost any Republican left with too much time on their hands after being laid off, are crying ‘foul’ to anything Obama changes about their torture policy. Of course they would. These are the same people that believe the president’s executive privilege includes overruling international agreements signed by the United States, like the Geneva Convention re: torture.

source: Politico

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