Rachel Maddow invited Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to discuss his idea of having a Truth Commission on the alleged crimes of the Bush administration. She wants to know is it possible that prosecutions would follow if those called refused to testify or lied. Leahy has the pragmatic prosecutor view. Just bring things to light and that serves the public interests. Trials or no trials. No one can accuse him of having a blood lust to take down the other party.
Yet, we are talking about treaties being violated and torture for godssake. I mean, I can’t rob a bank and call it an enhanced retirement plan and get away with it on the merits of crafting the term, ” enhanced retirement plan.”
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley talks to Keith Olbermann about the problem of a mere Truth Commission:
It’s a strain to glean a silver lining, but at least right now there is a consensus (seemingly) that no one is above the law.