President Obama stated today that he would leave open the possibility of criminal prosecution for the members of the Bush administration that constructed legal basis for torture-based interrogation during war-on-terrortime. The choice to take legal action against these policy architects will land squarely in the lap of Attorney General Eric Holder.
"With respect to those who formulated those legal decisions, I would say that is going to be more a decision for the attorney general within the parameter of various laws, and I don't want to prejudge that," Obama said during a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah at the White House.
It's about time.
We're looking forward to seeing who might get called to task, should Holder decide to pursue real legal action against those morally challenged policymakers. We're particularly interested in seeing what might come of John "Torture Memo Shmorture Memo" Yoo, whose "moral compass" while working for the White House seemed not only lost, but shat on twice and destroyed.
We can't help but wonder if he's starting to feel just a liiiiiiiiiiiittle bit sorry about some of his actions, for once.
Or perhaps a bit nervous about being questioned by the prosecution.