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Ewen MacAskill in Washington
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 April 2009

Senior members of the Bush administration who approved the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation measures could face prosecution, Barack Obama said today, in a surprise about-turn by the president.

He said his attorney general, Eric Holder, was conducting an investigation and the final decision rested with him.

Obama cited four Bush administration memos he released last week detailing CIA interrogation measures, saying they “reflected, in my view, us losing our moral bearings”.

The revelation of possible prosecutions amounts to a turnaround by Obama, who had been resisting a prolonged and divisive partisan row that could distract from his heavy domestic and foreign agenda.

He also lifted his opposition to a separate congressional inquiry today.

The White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said the president would like to see the inquiry modelled on the 9/11 commission.

Obama reiterated that there would be no prosecutions of CIA agents who carried out the interrogation of suspected al-Qaida members at Guantánamo and secret prisons around the world.

But for the first time he opened up the possibility that those in the Bush administration who gave the go-ahead for the use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques could be prosecuted.

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h/t David J at Daily Kos.

Have you had enough of this garbage yet?. While discussing the monkey that escaped from the zoo in Seattle, the Fox News model uses the words “bright blue scrotum” over and over to describe how the monkey that escaped from the zoo looks when it’s angry. She then tosses it to Gibson who manages to get this zinger in there at the end of the clip.

We were talking about Eric Holder today on the radio, and his bright blue scrotum.

Not that I think it will do an ounce of good since Fox obviously does not care how openly racist they are, but if you want to let them know you don’t approve of this behavior here’s their contact page.

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Lou Dobbs CNN: 2nd Amendment Gun Restrictions Holder


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Attorney General Holder Expected To Change Bush Policies

DEVLIN BARRETT | February 3, 2009 01:10 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder, on his first day on the job, signaled a clean break with past policies of the Bush administration and promised to hold Wall Street accountable if any major financial institutions engaged in fraud that contributed to the global financial crisis.

Vice President Joe Biden swore in President Barack Obama‘s choice _ the first African-American to hold the post _ in a Tuesday morning ceremony before dignitaries and employees at the department.

The lanky, 58-year-old former prosecutor, federal judge and No. 2 official during the Clinton administration promised the start of a new era at the Justice Department, which was wracked by Bush administration scandals over politically motivated hirings and firings.

Holder has pledged to restore its reputation.

“This is a place that has I think been hurting, but I think it’s ready to heal,” he told reporters.

“I am determined to ensure that this shall be a new day for the dedicated career professionals that I am so honored to call my colleagues,” Holder said after taking the oath. He said he was committed to remaking the department “into what it once was and what is always should be.”

Biden said the department, under Holder, would return to a past standard of “no politics, no ideology. Only a clear assessment of facts and law.”

Shortly after the ceremony, Holder was questioned about Wall Street, reviled by some Americans for extravagant company bonuses while seeking taxpayer dollars to remain solvent.

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Senate Committee Approves Holder

Finally…

After weeks of delays, the Senate Judiciary committee has voted by 17-2 to send Eric Holder’s nomination to the full Senate.

In a statement, committee chair Pat Leahy said:

Mr. Holder has demonstrated that he is committed to restoring the rule of law, and, as President Obama said in his inaugural address ‘to reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals,'” said Leahy. “I am more convinced than ever that Eric Holder is a person who will reinvigorate the Department of Justice and serve ably as a key member of the President’s national security team. He will pursue the Justice Department’s vital missions with skill, integrity, independence and a commitment to the rule of law.

The two “no” votes were from conservative Republicans John Cornyn and Tom Coburn.

Leahy’s full statement follows after the jump…

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Obama Leaves Door Open To Investigating Bush, But Wants To “Look Forward”

Huffington Post- Sam Stein

January 11, 2009 11:10 AM

Responding to the most popular inquiry on the “Open for Questions” feature of his website, Barack Obama said on Sunday that he is “evaluating” whether or not to investigate potential crimes of the Bush administration, but that he was inclined to “look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

The answer was delivered during an interview to This Week With George Stephanopoulos. But the question itself has been weeks in the work.

The Obama transition team, as part of its efforts to open up the political process, had allowed web users to vote on questions for the incoming administration to field. To the top rose a query from Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com and a former Clinton White House technology official, asking whether the incoming administration would appoint a special prosecutor to “independently investigate the greatest crimes of the Bush administration, including torture and warrantless wiretapping.”

On Obama’s website, a December statement from Vice President-elect Joe Biden on the topic was offered as a response (similar older statements were used to address several other national security-related questions, which the transition team has avoided discussing). But Stephanopoulos made the matter moot by posing the question directly to the president-elect.

“We’re still evaluating how we’re going to approach the whole issue of interrogations, detentions, and so forth,” said Obama. “And obviously we’re going to look at past practices. And I don’t believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand, I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards. And part of my job is to make sure that for example at the CIA, you’ve got extraordinarily talented people who are working very hard to keep Americans safe. I don’t want them to suddenly feel like they’ve got to spend all their time looking over their shoulders and lawyering up.”

Pressed a bit — was he ruling out prosecution? — the president-elect suggested that decision would be that of his attorney general.

“I think my general view when it comes to my attorney general is that he’s the people’s lawyer. Eric Holder’s been nominated,” said Obama. “His job is to uphold the Constitution and look after the interests of the American people, not be swayed by my day-to-day politics. So ultimately, he’s going to be making some calls. But my general belief is that when it comes to national security, what we have to focus on is getting things right in the future as opposed to looking at what we got wrong in the past.”

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