Writer/cartoonist Ted Rall has zeroed in on the problem:
Click here to read Rall's entire column.
Ah, the great shell game of American justice. You can't prosecute the torturers because their lawyers advised them that torture was OK. You can't prosecute the lawyers because all they did was theorize--they didn't torture anyone. You can't prosecute the president and vice president who ordered the torture because they have "executive privilege" and, anyway, who would put a head of state on trial? What is this, Peru?
What's the flip side of a victimless crime? A perpless crime?
My hope is that Obama will soon realize that what has been his averted-eye policy to what seems to have been America's deliberate violations of dead serious international laws, to do with torture, must CHANGE.
Wanting to look forward, turn the page, is good.
But wanting to protect the authors of the Bush administration's torture policy is anything but good. Ignoring international calls for truth and justice is going to continue to undermine Obama's otherwise enlightened foreign policy initiatives as long as it goes on.