GOP Senators Refuse to Investigate Bush Interrogation Abuses

September 26, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The entire contingent of Republican Senators serving on the Select Committee on Intelligence, are refusing to participate in the investigation into the Bush administration’s interrogation policies, in an act of protest against Attorney General Eric Holder’s investigation into CIA detainee abuse.

Led by the ranking Republican on the intelligence panel, Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, Bond claims that witnesses compelled to testify before the Committee, would risk possible criminal charges.

The intelligence committee began a review in March, of the CIA’s enhanced interrogations, involving waterboarding and torture of high-value detainees. Attorney General Holder, launched an investigation last month into detainee abuse by CIA operatives, after a recommendation from the Office of Professional Responsibility.

Sen. Bond says Holder has gone against President Obama’s pledge that the current administration would not look backwards to prosecute Bush administration officials involved in criminal activity. However, the Attorney General acts independently from the White House and is bound by oath to uphold the law.

“What current or former CIA employee would be willing to gamble his freedom by answering the Committee’s questions? Indeed, forcing these terror fighters to make this choice is neither fair nor just,” lamented Bond.

The Justice Department asked that immunity not be offered to witnesses testifying, before the committee, which is standard practice. Democrats suggest the Republicans are using the lack of immunity as a red herring, because immunity has not been offered to a witness in years.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee chairman, had hoped for a bipartisan investigation of the Bush administration’s abuses, but will not be deterred from investigating one of the darkest periods in our country’s history, when the rule of law and Geneva Conventions were ignored and prisoners were abused and tortured.

“That study and investigation is being pursued, additional staff are being hired, and the committee is continuing the work with all due diligence,” said Feinstein.



2 Responses to “GOP Senators Refuse to Investigate Bush Interrogation Abuses”

  1. Internetto on September 27th, 2009 12:40 am

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  2. Republicans have poopypants. on September 28th, 2009 12:03 am

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