The Whitewash

Anti Torture Protest

On August 30, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder announced he has ended the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into the CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees. No criminal charges will be brought.

“The Obama administration’s aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the ‘war on terror’ crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. This decision eliminates the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the CIA. ”
Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian, August 31, 2012

“…it’s been clear for quite some time that the Obama administration, generally, and President Obama, specifically, were very eager to protect Bush officials and CIA officials from any accountability of any kind. And they have sort of done it incrementally.”

“…almost immediately after winning the 2008 election, Obama, before he was even inaugurated, made clear that he was opposed to any such investigations, citing what he called a ‘belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.’ ”

“Throughout the first several months of his presidency, his top political aides, such as the Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanual and his press secretary Robert Gibbs publicly – and inappropriately – pressured the justice department to refrain from any criminal investigations. Over and over, they repeated the Orwellian mantra that such investigations were objectionable because ‘we must look forward, not backward’. ”
Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald on the Justice Dept.’s Rejection of CIA Torture Prosecutions After 3-Year Probe, Democracy Now, August 31, 2012

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