Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Apoplexy apropos 

2009 (redacted adaptation)

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New York Times, April 21, 2009 (bold emphasis added):
Pressure Grows to Investigate Interrogations

And while Mr. Obama vowed not to prosecute C.I.A. officers for acting on legal advice, on Monday aides did not rule out legal sanctions for the Bush lawyers who developed the legal basis for the use of the techniques.


The decision to promise no prosecution of those who followed the legal advice of the Bush administration lawyers was easier, aides said, because it would be hard to charge someone for doing something the administration had determined was legal. The lawyers, however, are another story.

On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said on the ABC News program “This Week” that “those who devised policy” also “should not be prosecuted.” But administration officials said Monday that Mr. Emanuel had meant the officials who ordered the policies carried out, not the lawyers who provided the legal rationale.


The administration has also not ruled out prosecuting anyone who exceeded the legal guidelines, and officials have discussed appointing a special prosecutor. One option might be giving the job to John H. Durham, a federal prosecutor who has spent 15 months investigating the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes of harsh interrogations.


Others pushing for more investigation included Philip D. Zelikow, the former State Department counselor in the Bush administration. On his blog for Foreign Policy magazine and in an interview, Mr. Zelikow said it was not up to a president to rule out an inquiry into possible criminal activity. “If a Republican president tried to do this, people would be apoplectic,” he said.

Phil D. Zelikow is a funny guy aint he? Maybe, "on his blog", he'll push for a teabugger party on July fourth demanding former president George W. Bush not rule out an inquiry into the criminal activity of the George W. Bush administration. That would be mighty apoplectic of him.

apoplectic, by the way, is a fancy word for: hopping fucking mad. (i looked it up).


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