Shedding Light on the Dark Side
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Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly close to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate charges that terror suspects were tortured during the Bush Administration. What would be the consequences for the CIA, the Department of Justice, the White House and the Obama agenda? Also, more house arrest for Aung San Suu Kyi, and the President holds his own town hall meeting on healthcare reform.
Banner image: A soldier stands in front of an old airplane hangar at Camp Justice, the site of the US war crimes tribunal compound, at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba. Photo: Brennan Linsley/AFP/Getty Images
Back to House Arrest for Aung San Suu Kyi ()
In Burma, also called Myanmar, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced today to three years at hard labor for illegally harboring an American tourist. But the Chairman of the ruling junta then commuted that to an additional 18 months under house arrest. Journalist-historian Justin Wintle, who specializes in Southeast Asia, is author of Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's Prisoner of Conscience.
- Justin Wintle: author, 'Perfect Hostage'
Shedding Light on the Dark Side ()
During the Bush Administration, the CIA referred for possible prosecution about 20 cases of prisoner interrogations so abusive they might have violated the law. All but two were declined by the Department of Justice due to insufficient evidence of criminal conduct or criminal intent and the low probability of conviction. The New York Times, Newsweek magazine and the Los Angeles Times have all reported that despite President Obama not wanting to look back, Attorney General Eric Holder is likely to appoint a special prosecutor to re-open the cases. The release of a formerly classified report will put a lot of disturbing questions back in the news. Would investigation of low-level interrogators lead to policy makers up the chain of command? How high might it go? Can the Obama Administration handle another highly-charged political controversy with Constitutional overtones? Can it afford not to?
- Greg Miller: National Security Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @gregpmiller
- Bruce Fein: former Associate Deputy Attorney General
- John Eastman: Founding Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, @nomupdate
- Daphne Eviatar: Legal Reporter, Washington Independent, @deviatar
The Town Haller in Chief Pitches Healthcare Reform ()
Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the former Republican turned Democrat, is the latest member of Congress to be met with an angry crowd on the issue of healthcare reform. The Obama White House has established a website to respond to what it calls misleading charges, and today the President himself attended a “town hall” in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he delivered a fiery speech and answered questions from a supportive crowd. Ezra Klein is a staff reporter at the Washington Post.
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