Hey PEBO, Please hold Bushies to Count

When Barack Obama takes the oath of office next week and issues an executive order banning torture and perhaps also closing gitmo he’ll be taking a huge leap towards making sure the lawless outrages of his predecessor are a thing of the past.

But unless he okays war crimes investigations and perhaps also prosecutions against former Bush officials, Obama will be holding onto some of the skewed structures of Bush malfeasance. It is one thing to replace personnel responsible for abuse, but if the abuse is systemic, and it was, then personnel changes and new policies do nothing to fix the underlying kink in structure. Prosecutions show the system works and the structure has been repaired.


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