Insiders say Atty. Gen. Eric Holder is close to naming a prosecutor to look into reports of excessive waterboarding and other unauthorized methods. Convictions could be hard to get.
Why let that stop you…?
With all the confusion and stress over the healthcare debate and the economy in the toilet I think that America would really enjoy a good show trial and a Special Prosecutor circus to take our minds off of what troubles us.
Maybe one of the networks can get Scooter Libby to do commentary on what it is like to be part of a show trial by a Special Prosecutor.
Reporting from Washington — U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is poised to appoint a criminal prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA abuses committed during the interrogation of terrorism suspects, current and former U.S. government officials said.
A senior Justice Department official said that Holder envisioned an inquiry that would be narrow in scope, focusing on “whether people went beyond the techniques that were authorized” in Bush administration memos that liberally interpreted anti-torture laws.
That could be fun and quite distracting too. Never mind the corruption in Congress right now. What we need to really get into is whether terror suspects had their rights violated during the Bush administration.
Current and former CIA and Justice Department officials who have firsthand knowledge of the interrogation files contend that criminal convictions will be difficult to obtain because the quality of evidence is poor and the legal underpinnings have never been tested.
Who knows…maybe Holder will get lucky. If you cast many lines you are bound to catch a fish eventually.
Opening a criminal investigation is something Holder “has come reluctantly to consider,” the Justice Department official said, emphasizing that Holder had not reached a final decision but noting that, “as attorney general, he has the obligation to follow the law.”