White House Confirms that Torture Memo Authors are 'Not Being Held Accountable'
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Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said that when it came to the Bush administrationâ€™s illegal torture program, â€œthose who devised the policiesâ€¦ should not be prosecuted.â€ Today, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed that these officials would not be â€œheld accountableâ€:
CNNâ€™S ED HENRY: Just so I understand, youâ€™re saying the people in the CIA who followed through on what they were told was legal, they should not be prosecuted? But why not the Bush administration lawyers who, in the eyes of a lot of your supporters on the left, twisted the law, why are they not being held accountable?
GIBBS: The president is focused on looking forward. Thatâ€™s why.
When he released the torture memos last week, President Obama reaffirmed, I believe strongly in transparency and accountability,â€ and repeated that â€œthe United States is a nation of laws.â€
Ali Frick is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.