Undercutting my previous assumptions, Obama has stated that the door is open to prosecute former Bush officials for authorizing the use of torture, based on Eric Holder’s discretion. Depending on how such prosecutions are handled the results could range from providing a necessary sense of catharsis for the nation as well as sending the message that lawbreakers at every level of society/government are responsible for their actions, to degenerating into an utter farce. Given that nancy pelosi controls the house and basically wants to kill bush just to watch him die, I’m leaning towards the latter. In any case, it depends on how good a case Holder thinks he can bring but given the extent to which the right is already braying over the release of the memos if this goes forward they may well get violent.

Or this could all be an elaborate way of telling cheney to shut his goddamn mouth.

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