Excusing war crimes

Obama complied with the ACLU’s request to release the Office of Legal Counsel memos that authorized the Bush administration’s “enhanced” interrogation torture techniques.

Here are the damning documents which I suggest you read:

I’ll be posting more about this throughout the day.


Obama and the DOJ chief Eric Holder have promised not to prosecute CIA operatives who participated in the Bush torture program. They haven’t spoken to the possibility of prosecuting the authors of these memos or other Bush administration officials. In any event, promises not to prosecute war crimes is a violation of our legal obligations under treaties that bar torture. I understand that these prosecutions won’t be politically popular or easy, nothing of this sort will ever be, but that’s not an excuse to ignore the law and protect war criminals. By not holding high level officials accountable for war crimes, we all but ensure they will be commited again.

Update II

Sullivan notes an odd silence in the Conservative blogosphere:

No mention of the torture memos appears right now on the Drudge Report (which provides news of a prank at Dominos pizza), Instapundit (which mentions the new DVD for the Lord of The Rings trilogy), Pajamas Media, or Michelle Malkin. They are reacting to the evidence of war crimes committed by the president of the United States the way they did at the time the crimes were committed.

The fact they can’t even condemn these memos, or the people who authored them, is damning.

Update III

Your Honor? Jay Bybee needs to be impeached.

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