Today’s winner is Vermont US Senator Patrick Leahy. He gets the award for the following–
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman called Wednesday for the establishment of a nonpartisan “commission of inquiry” to investigate allegations of wrongdoing against former Bush administration officials in their prosecution of the war on terrorism.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has called for a commission on torture allegations.
Nothing “did more to damage America’s place in the world than the revelation that our great nation stretched the law and the bounds of executive power to authorize torture and cruel treatment,” Sen. Patrick Leahy said at the start of a committee hearing.
American “detention policies and practices from Guantanamo Bay [Cuba] and Abu Ghraib [Iraq] have seriously eroded fundamental American principles of the rule of law,” he added.
The Bush administration repeatedly denied engaging in torture.
“The United States of America does not torture,” President Bush said on more than one occasion, particularly after it was revealed that some detainees underwent waterboarding, in which strapped-down detainees are led to believe they are drowning.
Waterboarding is strictly prohibited by the U.S. military but was allowed for non-military agencies under the Bush administration.
Two days after his inauguration, Obama issued an executive order revoking the Bush order that allowed such interrogation techniques and requiring that all agencies abide by the Army Field Manual for interrogations.
Leahy, D-Vermont, called for the “truth commission” to have a “targeted mandate” focusing on issues of national security and executive power. He said it should look specifically at allegations of “questionable interrogation techniques,” “extraordinary rendition” and the “executive override of laws.”
He added that the commission should have the power to issue subpoenas and offer immunity to witnesses “in order to get to the whole truth.”
It seems to me Senator you know ‘the truth’, so what’s the use of a commission. Would it make us look weaker or stronger to our enemies? I think it would be weaker, if your allegations are true. How does that help the people you were elected to represent by making them vulnerable? Scoring political points for your party is more important!
Doug at Below the Beltway writes– “Why not focus on the future, Senator?” For failing to do that, I name Vermont US Senator Patrick Leahy today’s Knucklehead of the Day.