A recent letter writer (1/28) criticized columnist Eugene Robinson’s opinion that a light must be shined upon the truth about torture (1/25, Opinion), saying that it was just the Democrats’ desire to jail predecessors and thus stay in power.
Eric Holder, President Obama’s choice for attorney general, testified recently that waterboarding was indeed torture, a war crime. So far, only a few underlings who performed waterboarding have been prosecuted. The Nuremberg War Trials determined that “the officer ordered me to do it” excuse is not a valid defense.
How many more carried out orders to commit war crimes, and who gave the orders? Donald Rumsfeld? Dick Cheney? Others?
Will our country “stand up” on this point, “dust itself off,” and prosecute all who are guilty, thereby removing the torture tarnish from Lady Justice and making her blind, just and shiny again? Americans ought to demand it.
Byron A. Stewart Jr.