Thursday, April 16, 2009

Held to account?

"Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has proposed the establishment of a bipartisan commission to investigate torture and other abuses committed by the Bush Administration." Physicians for Human Rights encourages you to go and sign a petition...

However, it bears repeating, but this blogger (while in favor of the proposition that those responsible be held to account) insists that this only be done if everyone responsible is looked at. The petition in question points the finger at "the Bush administration" and "some mental health professionals and physicians" but somehow seems to have an exemption for the legislative branch. Were politicians not in the loop? Did the "leaders" of certain Senate committees (e.g. intelligence, etc.) not receive briefings? Should they not be held accountable for their roles, even if it was only to pusillanimously keep quiet and look away? This blogger answers "yes."

All the more so because they have, thus far, mostly managed to escape any responsibility for the current economic crisis. Although equally culpable in causing the crisis, they have not been called to account by dint of keeping the 'beam' of public outrage focused on bankers, etc.

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