President Obama has ruled out prosecuting the CIA agents who conducted the interrogations, and no one is talking about hauling top decision makers, such as President Bush and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, into the dock. To consider indicting the men in the middle like Yoo and Bybee would be absurd.You might think it would be obvious that we don't prosecute lawyers for giving legal advice , even if we disagree with their legal theories. But the BDS crowd and terrorist rights supporters are so unhinged by the fact that they can't get Bush and other top officials, that they'll go after anyone who appears more vulnerable. That's why they've focused on the lawyers. They want their witchhunt. Never mind that indicting lawyers for giving legal advice would be a terrible precedent that would cause far more damage to the U.S. than any harm the Bush administration supposedly inflicted. It would undermine our legal system and force lawyers to worry more about protecting themselves, than in coming up with legal theories and interpretations in the service of their clients. And the people backing this radical assault on our system actually spout platitudes about the "rule of law," another term that is well on its way toward being rendered meaningless by political redefinition.
Friday, May 8, 2009
A Voice for Reason
There was a short editorial in the New York Daily News yesterday called, "Case closed: Justice Department should bar prosecutions over Bush torture memos." With all the crazed, hysterical cries for political prosecutions from the left, and from other terrorist rights supporters, it's nice to actually see an occasional voice of reason. Here's the key passage: