Jack: I have lost both my parents.
Lady Bracknell: To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest"
"President Obama said Thursday the United States will not prosecute CIA officials who participated in controversial terrorism interrogation techniques - including waterboarding and slapping and sleep deprivation - that were secretly authorized under President Bush and have since been rescinded.
"'This is a time for reflection, not retribution,' Obama said in a written statement issued as the Justice Department prepared to turn over by a court deadline Bush-era memos that authorized various legally questionable techniques.
"'In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution,' the president said."
By Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Newspapers
MUST WE LOSE BOTH OUR PARENTS, LIBERTY AND JUSTICE?
Who remembers Sparta? Who Will Recall the USA?
From 2002 the public has known the FBI and the State Department have been selling US nuclear secrets to Pakistan. The 9/11 inside job, the use of torture and the strategic blunders in Asia have become increasingly apparent to many ordinary citizens.
Yet, there has not been a strong and sustained citizen response to these awful developments. Instead, we are in the third generation of public decline and moral decay. The stand-up citizen and whistle blower is subject to ridicule and derision not respect. Nobody in the CIA figured out that torture is illegal, immoral and self-defeating. No FBI Agent thought to expose the sale of nuclear secrets to unstable regimes was a poor policy.
Hasn't anybody in the Obama administration gleaned they will need reconciliation to pass any worthwhile legislation? Hasn't anyone thought to use LOAN TAPES as evidence to throw corrupt bankers into prison? Republican legislators are enemy combatants.
Why don't we act on Keith Olberman's video? Do you think anybody in the DoJ will respond?