WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman called Wednesday for the establishment of a nonpartisan "commission of inquiry" to investigate allegations of wrongdoing against former Bush administration officials in their prosecution of the war on terrorism.
Nothing "did more to damage America's place in the world than the revelation that our great nation stretched the law and the bounds of executive power to authorize torture and cruel treatment," Sen. Patrick Leahy said at the start of a committee hearing.
American "detention policies and practices from Guantanamo Bay [Cuba] and Abu Ghraib [Iraq] have seriously eroded fundamental American principles of the rule of law," he added.
Leahy, D-Vermont, called for the "truth commission" to have a "targeted mandate" focusing on issues of national security and executive power. He said it should look specifically at allegations of "questionable interrogation techniques," "extraordinary rendition" and the "executive override of laws."
He added that the commission should have the power to issue subpoenas and offer immunity to witnesses "in order to get to the whole truth."
Leahy refused to rule out of the possibility of prosecutions for perjury committed during the commission's hearings.
idiot who want s free air time ,,,, fix the econmy stupid.....
Why did the CIA destroy 92 interrogation tapes? This committee is necessary and indictments need to start coming down. As the President stated, the U.S. does not condone torture.
Retire, you treasonous idiot!
I hope it doesn't stop there. There were many illegal, shady,
unscrupulous actions that happened these last eight years under the
power of our previous administration And going on now with Rove
completely ignoring subpoenas and getting away with it.
That administration and advisors feel they are totally above the law
and that is not how our country works.
Pressures were brought to bear and evidence has been accumulated to compel former Bush administration officials to talk. Scenes from the movie about the Nuremberg trials will oft compare to what occurred under the last president!
I am sorry, but I am glad that the Bush administration used the tactics it did to keep us safe. The discomfort of a terrorist is worth keeping Americans safe. Has there been an attack on American soil since 9/11? You are not going to get information out of a terrorist by having tea with them. Leahy needs to quit waste time and tax payer dollars on this non issue and move on to important issues.
Give it a rest already, I could care less of suspected terrorist was tortured...seems like Pres.Obama does not want to go there either.
Shut your pie-hole. Focus on the economy instead of the Gotcha politics of yesterday!
Hats off to Senator Leahy!
The republicans are going to love this...LOL It'll be interesting to see how many denounce leahy on the torture investigation.
This country should NOT torture. Bush is a war criminal who should be prosecuted.
How about "truth commission" on the members of congress and administration themselves?
NO IMMUNITY FOR WAR CRIMINALS!!!
Gen Patton – Is it a treasonous act to try to find the truth? To discover exactly what was made in the name of the public safety and the Constitution? In your dreams...
You do not have to put them all in jail. Just identify all of the republicans who so enthusiastically engaged in torture. The people will reward them appropriately.
Yes, because with every single other aspect of this country the Dems are screwing up, let's go on a worthless snipe hunt that will find NOTHING!
America's enemies are laughing at us right now. Oh wait, there's already a group of them in D.C., just look to the Capitol and the White House.
Plus you gotta like all these morons who post here, who have no real idea what a war criminal is. Hey dolts, Michael Moore spoon feed you this bull, or Keith Olberman?
Leahy is acting like a dog with a bone who won't let go.
Americans don't care....we have bigger issues to handle, like the Economy, Corrupt politicians, Excessive spending, Earmarks that won't go away and the Trillion Tax Payer dollars being flushed down the toilet.
Why doesn't Leahy push to find out why Senator Rangel is not being held accountable for tax evasion?
President Obama wants us to move forward so why is Leahy stuck in the past?
Scratch the idea of immunity. Someone needs to go to jail and I don't want to see it be some Staff Sergeant. John Yoo had better get an attorney that is far better at his calling than Yoo himself is.
Here is the man who didn't want anything investigated on Clinton and impeachment. It was ok to lie to the Americans on National Television or bomb a pharmeticul co so it would be a distraction to Monica. Amazing! Hey we were "sissies" compared to torture that other countries have done to our wonderful men and women. Whatever it takes to keep us safe, then so be it. Put the old fool in Iran and see if he sees different on torture!!
Gen Patton March 4th, 2009 2:08 pm ET
Retire, you treasonous idiot!
The United States is not the center of the world. Jesus Christ was not American.
Contrary to what you may believe, with all of your heart.
don't necessarily agree with the immunity aspect of this, as long as they get to the bottom of this farce they call the past administration. No immunity for Bush or Cheney, those 2 need to be at Gitmo for the rest of their lives with no Secret Service available to protect them, then they will know what the people of the world feel about them.
Go Go Go ...
Put them all in jail
I can only imagine what we will never know
But I would sure love to see George and his buddies pay for the crimes they committed
Equal justice for all ... period
The truth is that the Bush administration tortured prisoners of war.
Justice would be Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield spending the rest of their miserable lives in prison.
How about Bush starting an illegal immoral war based on deception? Doesn't THAT warrant investigation?
Absolutely – there must be justice and the rule of law