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  • Martin Edwin Andersen

    Mr. President, time to put this sad chapter of American history behind us. Dick Cheney–and 91-year-old Henry Kissinger–should be officially pardoned, as did Cheney mentor Gerald R. Ford to Richard M. Nixon. On Kissinger, see Christopher Hitchens, “Kissinger Declassified” @ http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2004/12/hitchens200412

  • Martin Edwin Andersen

    Please also see “Alfonsin due obedience model a way out of Senate-CIA torture imbroglio” @ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141208133415-7893137-argentina-s-mini-nuremberg-model-the-senate-cia-torture-imbroglio

    “The stand-off in Washington is about one of the darkest chapters in the CIA’s history and comes as critics point out that—except for a few low-ranking American soldiers brought to justice for their atrocious behavior at the infamous Abu Graib facility—no one has been held accountable for the widespread use of tactics President Obama quickly outlawed as ‘torture’ after campaigning against them while running the first time for president.

    “The absence of real accountability, these critics point out, means that Washington may be on its way, post-Obama, to engage in practices that are themselves against American values going back to George Washington at Valley Forge, as well as contrary to long-term U.S. interests today.

    “While the Obama Administration appeared stymied about how to proceed, former Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush seemed intent on redirecting the debate to an “us-or-them” position in which any criticism of his former subordinates’ use of torture practices is an attack on the women and men of the CIA who serve—by obeying orders—their country, often at great personal risk.”

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