It’s quite ironic for a former PoW who himself had been tortured, but presidential campaign loser John McCain is actually complaining about the prospect of Obama holding even the ‘Bush Six’, the lawyers who redefined torture into legality, to account:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned Thursday that any attempt by the Obama administration to prosecute the Bush-era lawyers who wrote memos signing off on waterboarding would start a “witch hunt.”
“If you criminalize legal advice, which is basically what they’re going to do, then it has a terribly chilling effect on any kind of advice and counsel that the president might receive,” McCain said during an interview on CBS’s “Early Show.”
The former GOP presidential nominee and POW supported Obama’s decision to end the use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” techniques but insisted that those who gave legal advice should not be prosecuted because they were “sworn to do their duty to the best of their ability.”
It’s a ridiculous, partisan claim to make. ‘Doing their duty to the best of their ability’ can’t possibly include twisting the law to enable the basest cruelty and inhumanity, merely because those even higher up say so.
But is Obama once again cold on the idea? For the sake of keeping the United States a ‘nation of laws’, we can only hope not.