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Saturday, September 5, 2009

"Cheney Is Wrong: There Is Precedent for the Torture Investigation"

Sheppard steve That's the headline on an interesting commentary by Steve Sheppard (University of Arkansas School of Law) at FindLaw regarding the investigation by Attorney General Holder into interrogation practices during the Bush administration. The crux:

Cheney argues that this investigation poses a new risk to our government. No U.S. president has overseen the investigation and – as Cheney predicts – the prosecution of the agents or officers of a prior administration. He sees this as a new precedent, and a bad one.

Yet Cheney is wrong. There are precedents. Moreover, there is a reason why there are so few: Most administrations investigate themselves, something the Bush Administration refused to do.

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