Archive for March, 2009


Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has proposed the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate possible constitutional abuses of the Bush-Cheney Administration. Suspected abuses may include the use of torture, warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition and executive override of existing laws. It is essential that the commission be staffed by both experienced and fair-minded people with no “axe to grind” in order to establish the facts about exactly what happened and to  determine the extent of whatever abuses did occur. The object of the deliberations is to ensure that these suspected constitutional abuses are not repeated in current and future administrations.
There is a strong feeling in the country that members of the executive branch, both in the White House and in the Justice Department, often acted as if they were above the law. These abuses must be fully exposed, not to wipe the slate clean, but to learn the truth about the recent past. The findings must insure that specific safeguards and reforms are put in place to make certain that these abuses never happen again. The commission will need subpoena power as well as the power to bestow immunity in order to facilitate complete and forthright testimony.
To encourage public support of Senator Leahy’s plan there is on online petition at which urges the United States Congress to establish such a commission. This effort to establish truth and transparency will go a long way to reestablishing trust in our national leadership and is completely in concert with IPPA’s core values of truth and trustworthy leadership.
Do you agree with the need for this commission or something similar and if not why not?