WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is proposing a "truth commission" to investigate abuses of detainees, politically inspired moves at the Justice Department, and whole range of decisions made during the Bush administration.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the primary goal of the commission would be to learn the truth rather than prosecute former officials, but said the inquiry should reach far beyond misdeeds at the Justice Department under Bush to include matters of Iraq prewar intelligence and the Defense Department.
Leahy outlined his suggestion for a "truth and reconciliation" commission during a speech at Georgetown University Monday. "I'm doing this not to humiliate people or punish people but to get the truth out," he said. Whose verson?
The panel he envisions would be modeled after one that investigated the apartheid regime in South Africa. It would have subpoena power but would not bring criminal charges, he said. That will be saved for a Special Prosecuter.
Among the matters Leahy wants investigated by such a commission are: the firings of U.S. attorneys, treatment and torture of terror suspect detainees, and the authorization of warrantless wiretapping. Weren't members of Congress informed of the warrentless wiretapping?
"Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened" during the Bush administration, Leahy said. We can go for vengence later.
Some Democrats have called for criminal investigations of those who authorized certain controversial tactics in the war on terror. Republicans have countered that such decisions made in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks should not be second-guessed.
"We need to be able to read the page before we turn the page," Leahy said. "We need to come to a shared understanding of the failures of the recent past."
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the government created a 9/11 commission to examine failures within government anti-terror efforts. Leahy said that commission was hampered by a lack of cooperation from the administration, and would like a new commission to have access to everything they needed. He means the Bush administration was not in charge when these "failures" occured so we need a Commision to re-write History so everything can be blamed on Bush.
He said he was offering the idea to see how much support it had. No support among most people but the Moonbat Left Bush Deraingement Syndromers will have a real wankfest.
"We need to see whether the American people are ready to take this path," he said, adding that he did not have anyone in particular in mind to lead the commission, but wanted "people with real credibility." Real credibility in Washington? He means people who have a political agenda, i.e. the total destruction of the Republican Party. This puts me in mind of the Macarthy Hearings.
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Go for it Senator. This is just what the electorate wants you to be doing as the deficit balloons over a trillion dollars and unemployment heads to double digits.
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