For Obama, who repeatedly insisted during the 2008 presidential campaign and the transition period that “America doesn’t torture,” a classified loophole would allow him to back up his vow to end harsh interrogations while retaining a full range of presidential options in conducting the war against terrorism.A rose by any other name...it's simply not illegal when the Dems do it, nor is it newsworthy. Speaking of Eric Holder, here's what he said in confirmation hearings regards rendition:
The proposed loophole, which could come in the form of a classified annex to the manual, would satisfy intelligence experts who fear that an outright ban of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques would limit the government in obtaining threat information that could save American lives. It would also preserve Obama’s flexibility to authorize any interrogation tactics he might deem necessary for national security.
Priceless, since he was number two at Justice in the 90s when we began the full scale rendering of terrorists, outsourcing our enhanced interrogation to the Arabs:
"President Clinton, his national security advisor Sandy Berger and his terrorism advisor Richard Clark ordered the CIA in the autumn of 1995 to destroy Al-Qaeda," Scheuer said, in comments published in German.And with that Scheuer and company commenced rendition forthwith. Well before 9/11. Think that would make the agenda of any Truth Commission? It really doesn't matter because Obama has given every possible hint he will not pursue divisive prosecutions against Bush/Cheney. He'll leave the grandstanding to Congress, of course.
"We asked the president what we should do with the people we capture. Clinton said 'That's up to you'."