Statutes of Limitations

Elizabeth de la Vega has a new article at truthout arguing that in some cases torture can be prosecuted no matter how many years go by. This is helpful information, but where she loses me is on the notion that delay is desirable. Arguing that delay is possible for certain crimes if certain arguments can be won I understand. But that it’s desirable I’m unable to see. As time passes, the ability of politicians to oppose “looking backward” grows, public interest shrinks, the opportunity is lost. Harry Reid wants to let everyone off and effectively said in an interview last week that if we can wait 6 months for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s whitewash it’ll then be easier to dismiss everything. I agree with him.

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