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Special commissions? We don't need no stinkin' special commissions!

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NYT blog:

Senate Democratic leaders [including Harry Reid], joining forces with the Obama White House, said they would resist efforts by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Democrats to create a special commission to investigate the harsh interrogation methods that the Bush administration approved for terrorism suspects....

Mr. Reid, who repeatedly denounced the use of harsh interrogation techniques when Mr. Bush was president, suggested that naming a special panel would signal an intent to exact “retribution” and he sought to paper over the disagreement with members of his own caucus, like Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, who want a commission.

Harry's right: defending basic human decency is so divisive!

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Submitted by koshembos on

Obama's reforms are evaporating faster then a tea kettle's water on a hot stove. The banks lead us by the nose, health insurance companies are about to get even richer, the auto industry is being demolished and the stimulus has so far done absolute nothing.

This bankrupt set of policies is now augmented by total unwillingness to look at our recent past with the proper moral perspective.

Pretty soon I'll be for impeachment.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

This is the new face of the Dem Party that Brazille talked about. Obama ran on this sort of shit and the majority of Dem congresscritters went along and endorsed it.

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Submitted by carissa on

As I wrote this morning:

...As a DNC organizer from 2005 to 2007 I took part in a couple of teleconferences with then DNC Chair, Howard Dean. On one of the calls in 2006, one of the organizers asked why the Dems weren’t calling for impeachment, especially in light of the Abu Ghraib scandal. Governor Dean’s answer made my heart sink and it went along these lines: We needed to focus on the 2006 mid-terms, and any way, by the time we would be able to do anything, Bush wouldn’t have much time left, so it was pointless.

So, standing up for truth? Blasting sunshine on anti-constitutional and in all likelihood, criminal, activity on the part of our “leaders?” Not as important as the Next Election Cycle. And winning. We all remember Nancy Pelosi’s famous, “Impeachment is off the table.”

It appears Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi got just the kind of Democratic President they wanted.

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Submitted by Damon on

Really, I just don't get this. For an decent, thoughtful person, if given the choice between choosing to discover the truth and thus learn from it, and given the the choice of obscuring the truth and/or halting our march towards it, it's not even a contest. Why is something as obvious an issue as rejecting torture and holding its practioneers accountable this hard, for them?

If Americans can't see how Versailles, DC works from this, than there is no hope. This issue shouldn't be like having to pull teeth.