Thursday, December 18, 2008
The NYT added its name on Thursday to the list of individuals and organizations calling for criminal prosecution of high-ranking Bush administration officials for abuse of detainees. The lengthy editorial comes in the wake of the release of portions of the bi-partisan Senate Armed Services report on torture. I posted on this last week, and included a link to the released portions of the report, here.
A prosecutor should be appointed to consider criminal charges against top officials at the Pentagon and others involved in planning the abuse.
Recognizing that the Obama administration is unlikely to pursue this course, the Times calls for an independent panel to investigate detainee abuse and other illegalities--TSP, e.g.--by the Bush administration.