Why are both Democrats and Republicans afraid to have real, comprehensive investigations on torture and the Cheney/CIA War Crime du jour?
Investigations are just that, investigations.
SEN. McCAIN: I don’t know if–first of all, I’d like to know the facts of the case before there should be an, an investigation.
Last I checked, the best way to get the facts of the case, was to investigate the facts of the case.
transitive verb: to observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry
intransitive verb: to make a systematic examination ; especially : to conduct an official inquiry
To investigate something is to observe it and study it closely….and to gain knowledge.
To refuse to investigate is to refuse to gain knowledge.
Why are both Dems and Repubs afraid to merely gain knowledge …through investigation?
Because both Dems and Repubs already have enough knowledge, as does the rest of the world, to know one simple fact.
Horrendous crimes were committed. And those horrendous crimes were approved and authorized by The President and Vice President of the United States of America and carried out with their knowledge.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, is afraid to investigate for one simple reason. There is a mountain of evidence in the public sphere that all points to the inescapable fact that The President and Vice President of the United States of America, absent some miracle defense, are guilty of approving and encouraging torture, homicide by torture, and lying to congress and the American People about it and covering it up.
Stomach turning War Crimes so horrible that pictures of it need to be suppressed and the CIA’s own internal investigation by the Inspector general is to incriminating and stomach turning to be released.
For his part, Emanuel calls Holder a “strong, independent attorney general.” But Emanuel’s agitated presence hangs over the building-“the wrath of Rahm,” one Justice lawyer calls it-and he is clearly on the minds of Holder and his aides as they weigh whether to launch a probe into the Bush administration’s interrogation policies.
Holder began to review those policies in April. As he pored over reports and listened to briefings, he became increasingly troubled. There were startling indications that some interrogators had gone far beyond what had been authorized in the legal opinions issued by the Justice Department, which were themselves controversial. He told one intimate that what he saw “turned my stomach.”
It is just that simple.
The President and Vice President of the United States of America ‘did’ horrible, illegal, immoral, stomach turning things.
And no one wants to investigate it because the investigation would prove once and for all that The President and Vice President of the United States of America did ‘commit’ horrible, illegal, immoral, stomach turning War Crimes.
And then, once it has been proved….they would have to actually DO something about it.
They could no longer, as they are doing now, pretend it didn’t happen.
And really, no one has any idea just what to do about the fact that The President and Vice President of the United States of America did ‘commit’ horrible, illegal, immoral, stomach turning War Crimes. Including stomach turning torture and homicide by torture.
And that is quite simply, the choice America faces. Do we investigate and prove beyond any doubt that The President and Vice President of the United States of America voluntarily joined the ranks of the great War Criminals of human history….
Or do we ignore the fact that The President and Vice President of the United States of America voluntarily joined the ranks of the great War Criminals of human history?
Hint: Ignoring it won’t make it unhappen.