The Washington Times ran a commentary by Cal Thomas this morning on the decision to investigate the CIA’s interrogation policies after 911. Mr. Thomas points out that up until now, anyone who disrupted a terrorist plot was regarded as a hero, now that person will be put under investigation and possibly charged with a criminal act.
The article quotes Senator Joseph Lieberman:
“Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, one of the few liberals who comprehends what we face, issued a statement: “I respectfully regret the decision by Attorney General Holder and fear our country will come to regret it too because an open ended criminal investigation of past CIA activity, which has already been condemned and prohibited, will have a chilling effect on the men and women agents of our intelligence community whose uninhibited bravery and skill we depend on every day to protect our homeland from the next terrorist attack.””
I don’t consider it a coincidence that Eric Holder’s former law firm is representing many of the terrorists at Guantanamo as they seek freedom. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration Justice Department has chosen to overlook the violation of voting rights that occurred when Black Panthers stood outside Philadephia voting places with billy clubs intimidating voters. Despite the fact that there is a video of their actions up on YouTube, they will not be prosecuted.
According to the Washington Times yesterday, the Justice Department will not pursue a criminal case against Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico. We might remember that Bill Richardson was running in the Democrat Presidential Primary against Barack Obama. He dropped out of the race in January 2008 and endorsed President Obama in March 2008. Mr. Richardson was originally nominated to be Commerce Secretary in President Obama’s cabinet, but withdrew his name because of the federal grand jury into his actions.
It seems that our justice department has forgotten the concept of equal justice under the law. The move to investigate the CIA will hurt us in the war on terror, the question is how much.