Greenwald

Bush-defending opponents of investigations and prosecutions think they’ve discovered a trump card:  the claim that Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi, Jay Rockefeller and Jane Harman were briefed on the torture programs and assented to them.  The core assumption here — shared by most establishment pundits — is that the call for criminal investigations is nothing more than a partisan-driven desire to harm Republicans and Bush officials (“retribution”), and if they can show that some Democratic officials might be swept up in the inquiry, then, they assume, that will motivate investigation proponents to think twice.

Those who make that argument are clearly projecting.  They view everything in partisan and political terms — it’s why virtually all media discussions are about what David Gregory calls “the politics of the torture debate” rather than the substantive issues surrounding these serious crimes — and they are thus incapable of understanding that not everyone is burdened by the same sad affliction that plagues them.

Most people who have spent the last several years (rather than the last several weeks) vehemently objecting to the Bush administration’s rampant criminality have been well aware of, and quite vocal about, the pervasive complicity of many key Democrats in this criminality…

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