Cross-posted at The Stimulist
Yesterday shored up any lingering doubts I had: I am now convinced we'll see an investigation into the Bush administration's use of torture. America's just not going to let this one go. The politicians who fired shots across the bow minutes into yesterday's hearings aren't going to let it go. The media certainly isn't letting up--it makes for really good ratings. Already this week, I've seen several explosions on set here at 30 Rock. The public has a dog in this, too. We want the truth.
The question is whether investigators will push hard enough to get it. Some may hear the word "investigation" and rejoice, firm in the belief that wrongdoing will be cleanly exposed. Cynics who have been around long enough to remember Frank Serpico and the pseudo-investigations into corrupt police departments in the '60s and '70s assume that this will end the same way: with so many guilty parties there's nobody left to do the punishing.
Me? I'm interested in what else may be uncovered. When investigators truly snoop around, they almost always find something unexpected. Who would have thought Whitewater would lead to impeachment hearings over oral sex? That Watergate would end up with a resignation? Investigators will have the opportunity to scrutinize far more than torture policy. The entire Bush administration will be open for review. There's a world of shade we haven't even entered yet: unaccounted-for millions spent in Iraq, detainees who may have died in custody, the names of the people not only who did the torturing, but those who were photographing them doing it. What if waterboarding was the gentlest thing we did?This is not unlike the latest credit default swap scandals; people knew what was happening in these detention centers, just like people knew about the AIG bonuses five months before the story broke. Forget the pictures of the torture. The pictures I'm imagining are the cell phone pics of politicians looking at those images, and not doing a damn thing. Let's be honest. Democrats may not want to pus on this because some of the blood may be on their hands.