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My organization, the American Civil Liberties Union, found the proposal repugnant. Along with eight other human rights groups, we sent a letter to Bush arguing that granting pardons would undermine the rule of law and prevent Americans from learning what had been done in their names. But with the release of the report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I have come to think President Obama should issue pardons, after all because it may be the only way to establish, once and for all, that torture is illegal. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D Calif. leaves the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, after releasing a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks. Feinstein branded the findings a "stain on the nation's history." (AP Photo/J. And the Justice Department drafted memos providing the brutal program with a veneer of legality. My organization and others have spent 13 years arguing for accountability for these crimes. We have called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission, or both. But those calls have gone unheeded. And now, many of those responsible for torture can't be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has run out. To his credit, Obama disavowed torture immediately after he took office, and his justice department withdrew the memorandums that had provided the foundation for the torture program. In a speech last year at the National Defense University, Obama said that "we compromised our basic values by using torture to interrogate our enemies, and detaining individuals in a way that ran counter to the rule of law." But neither he nor the justice department has shown any appetite for holding anyone accountable. When the department did conduct an investigation, it appeared not to have interviewed any of the prisoners who were tortured. But with the tacit pardons, the president leaves open the very real possibility that officials will resurrect the torture policies in the future. Indeed, many former CIA and other government officials continue to insist that waterboarding and other forms of torture were lawful. Were our military to capture a senior leader of the Islamic State who was believed to have valuable information, some members of Congress would no doubt demand our interrogators use precisely the barbaric and illegal methods that the Obama administration has disavowed. Some of the statutes of limitations have run out, but not all of them have. And the release of the Senate's report provides a blueprint for criminal investigations, even if that's not what the intelligence committee set out to do. Let's face it: Obama is not inclined to pursue prosecutions no matter how great the outrage, at home or abroad, over the disclosures because of the political fallout. He should therefore take ownership of this decision. If the choice is between a tacit pardon and a formal one, a formal one is better. An explicit pardon would lay down a marker, signalling to those considering torture in the future that they could be prosecuted. Obama could pardon George J. Addington, John C. Yoo and Jay S. Bybee for crafting the legal cover for torture, and George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for overseeing it all. While the idea of a pre emptive pardon may seem novel, there is precedent. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson pardoned Confederate soldiers as a step toward unity and reconstruction after the Civil War. Gerald R. Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon for the crimes of Watergate. Jimmy Carter pardoned pandora beads 2014 Vietnam War draft resisters. The spectacle of the president's granting pardons to torturers still makes my stomach turn. pandora jewelry charms But doing so may be the only way to ensure the American government never tortures again. Prosecutions would be preferable, but pardons may be the only viable and lasting way to close the Pandora's box of torture once and for all. The results: The Senate Intelligence Committee is releasing the results of a 5 1/2 year review of CIA interrogations of terrorist suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The report concludes the interrogations were more brutal than the CIA had previously admitted "in some cases amounting to torture," according to committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D Calif. Main conclusions: The report concludes in order to get approval for the program, the CIA provided false information about the interrogations to the White House, Congress, the justice department and others. The report even suggests the CIA misled president George W. The committee concluded the facility kept few records of its operations, and senior officials had little information about what was going on there. pandora charm bracelets for women According to the committee, "In November 2002, a detainee who had been held partially nude and chained to discount pandora beads a concrete floor died from suspected hypothermia at the facility." Waterboarding: The committee believes the best known of the interrogation techniques a simulated drowning known as "waterboarding" may have been used more often than the CIA has previously acknowledged. This is not the whole thing. The report issued Tuesday is an executive summary of the full report, which is 6,200 pages long and remains classified. There is more than one side to this story. GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Jim Risch of Idaho condemned the release of the report. "This report does not qualify as either serious or constructive.
This was a partisan effort that divided members of the committee, and the committee against the people of the CIA," they wrote in a joint statement. "We voted against this report because it is flawed.".
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