When youre talking about the law, you have to be very specific. Thats what Attorney General Eric Holder is doing by specifically targeting certain reports of torture by CIA interrogators for further review. Specifics, though, dont seem to be on the agenda, at least not yet, for those who oppose Holders decision. Former Bush spokesperson Ari Fleischer said Holders decision is disgusting, and that CIA interrogators were the people who kept us safe. Other conservative pundits claim the prosecution of patriots will harm our national security.
OK, can you guys be a wee bit more specific? First, how exactly did choking a man repeatedly, threatening to kill another mans family, and menacing others with guns or power drills keep us safe? And how did those actions make those men patriots? Please be very specific.
The same goes for the claim that Holders move harms our national security. How? All Holder is doing at this point is asking a prosecutor to review the evidence to see if the Dept. of Justice may want to then start an investigation. To listen to his critics, youd think Holder was burning the flag and giving nuclear secrets to bin Laden. So, again, can the Attorney Generals critics please be more specific? Specifically how does reviewing evidence of possible torture harm our national security? No bumpersticker slogans, please be specific.
The one person whos telling it like it is, albeit in an unintentional way, is former VP Dick Cheney, who said the CIA interrogators "deserve our gratitude." I dont know about the rest of us, but they certainly deserve Cheneys gratitude. Its widely recognized that it was his ideas and his office that pushed hard for using torture in the first place. If Holder wasnt reviewing evidence about the interrogators, he could be coming after Cheney, so its easy to understand why the Veep feels grateful.