Olbermann Special Comment: We cannot let mistakes of the past haunt our future + Torture Memos

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Countdown-Special Comment-On OLC memos, Obama turns his back on the rule of law.
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U.S. future depends on torture accountability

Olbermann: We cannot let mistakes of the past haunt our future

SPECIAL COMMENT

By Keith Olbermann
Anchor, ‘Countdown’
msnbc.com
Thurs., April 16, 2009

As promised, a Special Comment now on the president’s revelation of the remainder of this nightmare of Bush Administration torture memos. This President has gone where few before him, dared. The dirty laundry — illegal, un-American, self-defeating, self-destroying — is out for all to see.

Mr. Obama deserves our praise and our thanks for that. And yet he has gone but half-way. And, in this case, in far too many respects, half the distance is worse than standing still. Today, Mr. President, in acknowledging these science-fiction-like documents, you said that:

“This is a time for reflection, not retribution. I respect the strong views and emotions that these issues evoke.”

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via Future of U.S. depends on torture accountability – Countdown with Keith Olbermann- msnbc.com.

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When The President Approves It… It Is Not Illegal!

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The Bush Torture Story Is Not Over!

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There’s Very Few Things Worse For A President To Do Than Protect War Criminals!

April 16, 2009 MSNBC Rachel Maddow

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4 thoughts on “Olbermann Special Comment: We cannot let mistakes of the past haunt our future + Torture Memos

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  2. I quit watching Keith months ago when he became to Obama what Fox was to Bush, noncritically parroting White House rhetoric. He (Olberman) continues to be buried in Obama’s pocket. This Special Comment is far too little. Obama is as war hungry as Bush, continuing the growth of military spending, and keeping the US in two wars. His economic plan continues a tradition of supporting the interest of the wealthy, and letting the public survive on what tricles down. (How is America stupid enough to continue to believe that if we throw money at the rich, they will use umbrellas to protect themselves from it?) His health reform plan not only keeps for profit heath insurance corporations in business, but may actually increase their enrollment.

  3. No it’s not legal, and if Nixon or Bush say it is, that doesn’t make it legal. Obama is running a major risk here with his good intention, but wrong is wrong and illegal is illegal, nonetheless. Being conciliatory and unifier of Americans is one thing, but not holding people accountable for their criminal activities is very wrong, It’s breaking the law that the president took an oath to uphold. Think this one over Mr. president and consider all ramifications here to your presidency, and to the billions around the world who came to believe that we have a president, unlike many others, and who has enough courage and respect for the law that he wouldn’t shy away, for any reason, from holding criminals accountable for their actions, no matter who they are. Do the right thing by yourself, America and the people around the world that look up to you. We’re counting on you Mr, President – Don’t let us down, like many others did before you.

  4. Great, Classic Keitho ~

    He articulates this so well that people will assume it’s already part of history.

    It is a communiqué addressed to Obama, and surely he’ll hear it, but will we prosecute now?

    Or will Obama not act for fear of the inevitable small plane crash which follows.

    Earth to Obama: Dennis is still alive.

    Prosecute Now.

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