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Now That Didn’t Take Long

April 21, 2009

Big. sur. prise:

President Obama left open the door Tuesday for charges to be brought against Bush administration lawyers who justified harsh interrogation techniques, though he continued to argue that CIA agents who used those tactics should not be prosecuted.

The president showed wiggle room on the issue as he faces calls from Democratic lawmakers and organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union to support such charges. Asked about the possibility of prosecution related to the interrogation program, the president deferred to Attorney General Eric Holder.

“With respect to those who formulate those legal decisions, I would say that that is going to be more of a decision for the attorney general within the parameters of various laws,” Obama said, as he finished an Oval Office meeting with visiting King Abdullah of Jordan. “And I don’t want to prejudge that. … There are a host of very complicated issues involved there.”

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But while he also repeated his view that investigations into Bush officials could get politicized, he indicated for the first time an openness to such a course provided it is carried out in a “bipartisan fashion.”

Well, yeah, there is a certain likelihood that such investigations would get politicised. Truly, Monsieur Obama is the Lord of Understatements. And we all know what “bipartisan” means in Obama-lingo.

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