Tuesday, August 25, 2009

No, look over here, not at the man behind the curtain

So much for President Obama's promise to not dwell on the past.

Hey! Attorney General Holder what about the voter intimidation abuse suit dropped against the Black panthers in Philadelphia?

Is that just the Chicago way? If so, why isn't a little torture of terrorists also the Chicago way?

Oh wait, maybe this is just to distract the media and public attention away from the rapidly failing health-care bill.

Prosecutor to Probe CIA Interrogations
Attorney General Parts With White House In Approving Preliminary Investigation
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer

In appointing a prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA interrogation abuses, including episodes that resulted in prisoner deaths, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday shook off warnings from President Obama to avoid becoming mired in past controversies.

Holder said that he realizes the move is controversial but that it was the only responsible course to take.

The decision does not reflect a sharp division between the Justice Department and the White House, government officials said, given the limits of the preliminary review and the respect that Obama says he maintains for the role of an independent attorney general. But it could mark the beginning of a painstaking inquiry that tests the boundaries of the Justice Department's discretion and its ability to evaluate incomplete evidence collected on the world's battlegrounds.

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