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Torture and Pardons and The Truth

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by rimrocker, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. rimrocker

    rimrocker Contributing Member

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    You know it's coming... will an Obama administration do the right thing? At a minimum, we need a Truth Commission to figure everything that was done in our name over the last 8 years.

     
  2. JuanValdez

    JuanValdez Contributing Member

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    The Presidential Pardon is probably one of the stupider things our founding fathers saw fit to put in the Constitution. The abuse of this power has been a national embarassment, imo.
     
  3. HayesStreet

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    What is unclear?
     
  4. professorjay

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    Unless memory serves me wrong, I think it's tradition for new Presidents to not touch the previous President's pardons. As much as I think this whole pardon thing is bunk, I doubt Obama would break tradition.
     
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    Once they are pardon you cannot just convict them again. He does not have conviction power, he has pardon power.
     
  6. JuanValdez

    JuanValdez Contributing Member

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    To pardon himself or others would be a sort of admission of guilt. I don't think he'll do that unless there is a palpable threat of prosecution. And, I don't see this country having the courage to bring charges against our ex-President and his cabinet.
     
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    Most presidents have had some pretty nasty characters on their pardon lists. Clinton had a few doozies like wealthy arms sellers and drug traffickers, and George H.W. Bush basically made the Iran-Contra cover-up into a success with his pardons (and also likely saved himself from prosecution).
     
  8. HayesStreet

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    There was little chance of GHWB being prosecuted for Iran-Contra. Much less than W for Guantanamo etc and that is a less than .0000001%, IMO.
     

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