Obama Releases Torture Memos, Vows Not to Prosecute
“It would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the Justice Department,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Obama’s release of the memos is a commendable act of transparency.
At the same time, though, Justice Department lawyers are defending the previous administration’s top officials accused in federal court of authorizing and carrying out torture and other abuses. Threat Level examined that issue in February.
On Thursday, the administration extended its protection even further, and said it would defend, at taxpayer expense, other government officials or employees who find themselves before a congressional inquiry, in any court, federal tribunal or in “any proceeding” if they relied on the memos as a legal basis for their conduct.