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The Moustache of Justice?

By Matthew Yglesias on January 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm

"The Moustache of Justice?"

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Chris Hayes has an observation:

– (1) Yesterday, AG designee Eric Holder said, without hesitation that water-boarding is torture.

– (2) Dick Cheney has admitted authorizing water-boarding.

– (3) Torture is a felony under US law punishable by up to 20 years of prison.

Again, this raises the question of how, exactly, the Obama administration can possibly move forward with a “let bygones by bygones” approach to Bush-era violations of the laws of war. Prosecutors have a lot of discretion, so I believe AG Holder would be within his rights to simply decline to investigate the former Vice President of the United States public admission that he’s committed what Holder claims to believe are serious crimes. But surely Holder should be asked about this and expected to give some kind of reasons for turning a blind eye.

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