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This from the front page of the NY Times:

Obama Signals His Reluctance to Look Into Bush Policies

President-elect Barack Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unlikely to authorize a broad inquiry into Bush administration programs like domestic eavesdropping or the treatment of terrorism suspects.
In the clearest indication so far of his thinking on the issue, Mr. Obama said on the ABC News program "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" that there should be prosecutions if "somebody has blatantly broken the law" but that his legal team was still evaluating interrogation and detention issues and would examine "past practices."

Mr. Obama added that he also had "a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards."

As I said above the Dems are basically timid and are afraid to leave themselves open to retaliation by the GOP at some point in the future.

So it will be up to the international community to seek justice. I don't think it is necessary to extradite and try some of the worst US actors, hearings can be quite effective. They serve to set the record straight so that these people can't rewrite history to make themselves look good and they also give those who have been harmed some feeling that their suffering has been acknowledged.

Punishment is a form of revenge, while what most victims really want is an apology. Doctors who apologize for medical mistakes seldom get sued, while those who are arrogant about their failures do.

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 10:17:46 AM EST
capital if he tried to do this himself.  This is one of those initiatives that best comes from Congress or private individuals/advocacy groups through the courts, or better still from a foreign state and ally.  Obama can then claim to be just addressing an issue created by others without having had any personal political motives.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 01:45:46 PM EST
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