Allegedly today the long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report is supposed to be released today, with heavy censorship, you know to protect the names of the innocent-until-never-proven guilty.
Already Wingnuttia’s mighty Wurlitzer is warmed up telling us simultaneously that there was no torture and that this will cause the middle east to blow up again. One side or the other boys, it cannot be both.
One of the sadder and stranger side-effect of this happening now six-plus years after Chimpy and Darth’s Excellent Adventure slunk off into history, is the idea floated by the ACLU that President Obama should issue Presidential Pardons to whole crew.
There is actually some reasoning behind it:
My organization and others have spent 13 years arguing for accountability for these crimes. We have called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission, or both. But those calls have gone unheeded. And now, many of those responsible for torture can’t be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has run out.
Shorter ACLU: the only way to get into the record books that indeed the US tortured prisoners is to pardon the torturers. The statute of limitations was run-out (thanks Congress), and now the rat bastard torturers who have crapped on what little is left of our moral high-ground, they we are giving themselves fist bumps.
Personally, I find pardoning Chimpy & Co. repellant. You set a precedence, and ensure absolutely that it will happen again. My preference would be to release the whole, damn report into the public record, uncensored. Let the people who tortured (water boarded? electric shocked? finger nailed? who knows what?) face the consequences, let them be shunned at all the best village cocktail parties, and let decent people spit on them when they appear in public, point and throw rotted vegetables at them; let their friends be worried that they will be tainted too if seen with these monsters; they tortured people in our name and so they’ve earned our scorn.
UPDATED: The Torture report is here. It’s upsetting to say the least, so you’ve been warned.