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Greenwald's first article in Guardian: Obama's justice department grants final immunity to Bush's CIA torturers

By closing two cases of detainees tortured to death, Obama has put the US beyond any accountability under the rule of law

The Obama administration's aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the "war on terror" crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, and the other the 2003 death of an Iraqi citizen while in CIA custody at Abu Ghraib. This decision, says the New York Times Friday, "eliminat[es] the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the CIA".

To see what a farce this is, it is worthwhile briefly to review the timeline of how Obama officials acted to shield Bush torturers from all accountability. During his 2008 campaign for president, Obama repeatedly vowed that, while he opposed "partisan witch-hunts", he would instruct his attorney general to "immediately review" the evidence of criminality in these torture programs because "nobody is above the law." Yet, almost immediately after winning the 2008 election, Obama, before he was even inaugurated, made clear that he was opposed to any such investigations, citing what he called "a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards".


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Glen Greenwald is already upsetting CNN. He hit a nerve

I think this is for another story, but if you get CNN all defensive, you must be doing something right.


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This is an OUTRAGE!

Obama has COMPLETELY betrayed those who voted for him as the peace and civil libertarian candidate.

Just another NEOCON!

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

He won the nobel peace prize

He won the nobel peace prize so this must be good for the nation. I guess the N-C in DNC stand for NEO CONS.

Southern Agrarian


Good to see this article in Guardian.
Thanks for posting.

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This is his 14th article for them. :)

The Father of the Constitution would add this thought:

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
-- James Madison

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Sharing this depressing article. It would help others see that Team Blue and Team Red are actually the same team.

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"look forward as opposed to looking backwards"

A true scientist looks in all directions for the truth. Evidence of inaction (by our leaders) is definitely evidence of something. And, looking backwards tends towards a better view and understanding of what's forward.

We are predators by nature, so the quote resonates: we have eyes in the front of our heads so that we can better hunt, whereas prey have eyes on the sides of their heads (e.g., deer). Forward is a good direction. But for me, truth is the better one; truth, and justice. Somewhere I heard those two words followed by "the American way" but I don't feel the same any more.

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is always worth the time to read.

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Yep he is

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