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    Obama Suggests Bush-Era Officials Could Be Prosecuted

    President Obama signaled Tuesday that he has changed his stance on the prosecution of Bush Administration aides over the possible torture of terrorism suspects. Coverage of the story is extensive, leading all three network newscasts, and is generally negative toward the Administration. Much of it casts Obama's comments as a reversal -- one triggered by criticism from Capitol Hill Democrats and key segments of his political base. Both print and TV reports also tend to note Obama's apparent contradiction of recent comments on the issue by his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. The CBS Evening News called Obama's remarks "stunning," and noted "the White House later denied the President had reversed policy."

    AFP recounts a "contentious White House briefing" in which "spokesman Robert Gibbs denied Obama had remade previous administration policy." USA Today reports that although Emanuel and Gibbs himself "have suggested recently that prosecutions of Bush lawyers were off the table, Gibbs said Tuesday that Obama's latest comments do not represent a policy shift." The Washington Times says, "When asked about the difference between Mr. Obama's remarks and Mr. Emanuel's comments, Mr. Gibbs told reporters to heed the president."

    The coverage overwhelmingly describes the President's position as a clear shift. The AP reports Obama widened "an explosive debate on torture," and ABC World News said the issue "is turning into a hornet's nest for the Obama Administration." ABC added that "current Administration officials first said there would be no prosecutions: not for those who employed the techniques, not for those who authorized them as legal." ABC added that "the White House would not explain the change." NBC Nightly News reported Obama moved "under pressure from Congress and outside critics," reversing "what the President said last week and what his chief of staff said two days ago."

    Roll Call refers to a "striking turnabout" by Obama, which "came as the administration began to incur fire from its allies for appearing to exclude policymakers from culpability." McClatchy says Obama's statements "caught Washington by surprise." The Wall Street Journal says Obama "has shifted several times in dealing with the Bush-era issues." CNN's Situation Room called it "a dramatic reversal" and "a sharp break from what his press secretary said 24 hours earlier." Fox News' Special Report reported Obama acted "in apparent contradiction of his own White House staff." Congressional Republicans "said they were perplexed." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "We are interested to know what is the policy or the position of the Administration. Because now it seems to be somewhat confusing."

    Administration Denies Cheney Asked For Release Of Memos The Politico reports the Obama Administration denied former Vice President Cheney "had directly asked the CIA to declassify memos that he claims would vindicate Bush-era techniques for harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists." NBC Nightly News reported that Cheney "wants the CIA to declassify memos he claims proved the interrogations worked."

    USNews.com: Political Bulletin: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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    oh make up your fucking mind already.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    When it comes to this shit, I suggest Obama is just blowing smoke up our asses. Nobody will be prosecuted. *uses Penguin of Madagascar voice* "remember, you never saw anything"...
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    He'll use the "bipartisan" committee to investigate, knowing full well Rethugs won't fry any of their own so it'll be a wasted effort
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    I'll just wait and see if anything concrete happens, but I'm not getting my hopes up about any Bush officials being prosecuted.

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    Calling Karl Rove....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    oh make up your fucking mind already.
    thank you. you said it beautifully!
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