“I was just following orders.” Hmm. Why does that sound familiar? Oh yeah, it was the primary defense of Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials. Well, if it was good enough for the National Socialists, it’s certainly good enough for Central Intelligence! TIME:
The spies argue that the Agency’s staff need to be protected from changes in political climate. A joint statement issued by Senator Diane Feinstein and her Republican counterpart on the committee, Missouri Senator Kit Bond, said the probe will examine, among other things, “whether the CIA implemented the program in compliance with official guidance, including covert action findings, Office of Legal Counsel opinions, and CIA policy.” But the staffers responsible for carrying out detention and interrogation policies, they say, would never have used the controversial techniques if it had not been for explicit legal guidance from the Bush Administration.
The spooks do have a point. I ask the question of you: will the recently-released OLC memos and Senator Patrick Leahy‘s “truth commission” result in any actual prosecutions? I know I won’t be satisfied until they bag Big Dick. . .