Friday, January 16, 2009

Righting the Wrongs of the Bush Administration

As Inaugural Day approaches, I have faith that Barack Obama will work hard to undo much of the disastrous policy of the Bush Administration, from torture to family planning to building diplomacy abroad. However, I am not so sure whether the new administration will hold anyone accountable for the unconstitutional activities, and I think this is a shame. Barack Obama said in an interview that "“I don’t believe that anybody is above the law,” but “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

Isn't he the one who said that a President needs to do many things at once? Isn't it critical that those who broke the law are held accountable? How can we just move while knowing that people were tortured? When there are no consequences for actions, then people are above the law. We must restore our good reputation and our pride here at home. Performing a thorough investigation and bringing people to justice for the abuses that have taken place the last eight years is critical.

Read a great New York Times op-ed on this here.