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Rep. Tammy Baldwin Asks Colleagues to Hold Bush Gang Accountable

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14. Hold accountable Bush/Cheney officials who pursued politically motivated prosecutions.

15. Ensure that any Bush/Cheney official guilty of a war crime is prosecuted under the War Crimes Act and the Anti-Torture Act.

Members of Congress, who have just sworn to defend the Constitution, could best confirm that commitment by marking the transition from Bush to Obama with a rapid review and approval of Baldwin's bill.

Is that likely to happen in this celebratory moment? Unfortunately, no. But Baldwin and others who take seriously the duty of defending our system of checks and balances ought to press the point--not as an insult to Bush or a challenge to Obama but as a means of returning this battered republic to its Constitutional moorings.

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