Update: Why President Obama Should Not Declassify Documents Showing What Information We Gained As A Result of Torture

According to the Plum Line Blog:  Fox News correspondent (yes, ever once in a while I will quote Fox News), Jonathan Hunt, says the Pelosi focus is a distraction from a real debate about torture:

“Instead of this debate being about national security, what is and isn’t torture, what the Bush administration should and shouldn’t have allowed and whether anybody in that administration should now be prosecuted, the Republicans are now able to frame this debate as to whether Nancy Pelosi is fit to continue as Speaker. So they are not about to let their foot off the gas in any way, shape, or form.

This is exactly why any focus on what the Speaker knew or did not know is irrelevant and simply a distraction.  She had no authority, on her own, to authorize torture or to suspend Constitutional or statutory protections or prohibitions.  Furthermore, it is also irrelevant to any criminal inquiry what we learned from torture.  All that matter is whether the waterboarding and the other interrogation techniques used by the Bush Administration were legal.

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