President Obama authorized the release of secret documents which reveal the thinking process of Bush administration figures in the Justice Department who thought shoving people into walls or depriving them of sleep or waterboarding them(as long as they don’t drown) fell within the normal process of American ideas of interrogation. Obama pledged to protect interrogators who used these tactics from any criminal prosecution. “In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying n good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution.” A sample of the memo written by someone who had a law degree states; “interrogators may combine water dousing with other techniques such as stress positions, wall standing, the insult slap, or the abdominal slap.”
We disagree with the conclusions of President Obama that interrogators are not subject to punishment. If one follows Obama logic then any Nazi soldier who killed innocent people or tortured them is free from punishment because they “carried out orders.” President Obama appears to ignore the essence of the Nuremburg Trials which stated one must refuse an illegal order. If an Army interrogator doesn’t know that shoving people into walls or waterboarding them violates American law, what are they doing in the position of being a member of the Armed forces?
We recommend the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Anyone who violated American law would appear before the commission and offer an apology for past behavior. That will begin the process of the “reflection” Obama says should occur.