Republicans Obstructing Justice.January 22, 2009 at 12:10 am | Posted in Department of Justice, senate, torture | Leave a comment
Tags: attorney general, cheney, dick cheney, elian gonzalez, eric holder, john cornyn, justice department, marc rich, senate, Washington Post
But the real reason Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Sam Brownback of Kansas, John Cornyn of Texas, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jon Kyl of Arizona are caviling on the confirmation of Eric Holder?
They want him to say “whether he will prosecute intelligence agents for torture if they were following orders and acting within what they believed to be legal guidelines.”
“Part of my concern, frankly, relates to some of his statements at the hearing in regard to torture and what his intentions are with regard to intelligence personnel who were operating in good faith based upon their understanding of what the law was,” said Cornyn.
Apparently the good senator has never heard the phrase “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Or, for that matter, “ignorance of the law is no excuse.”
If the standard Cornyn seeks to have applied here were at work everywhere, the prisons would be empty. Then what would Dick Cheney do for his pocket money?
(WhiskeyFire) Anyway, all you need to know about the Republican party is that the first fight they’re willing to pick with the new administration is quite literally based on the moral principle that nobody should be prosecuted for torture. That’s actually quite a radical, dare I say extremist position to be taking, except of course from the point of view of an apparatchik for a vicious totalitarian regime or a member of the Washington Post editorial board.