“The Obama administration acted courageously and wisely yesterday with its dual actions on interrogation policy,” a Washington Post editorial argued. “The pair of decisions — one essentially forgiving government agents who may have committed heinous acts they were told were legal, the other signaling that such acts must never again be condoned by the United States — struck exactly the right balance.”
The editorial added: “By repudiating the memos, the Obama administration has again seized the high ground and restored some of the honor lost over the past few years. President Obama’s actions not only restore confidence that this country will not torture, but he has also strengthened the nation’s moral authority in condemning these heinous acts wherever they occur.”
Meanwhile, Spanish prosecutors recommended today that Spanish courts not investigate allegations that six senior Bush administration officials gave legal cover for the torture of terror suspects. Obama’s decisions leave open the possibility that such an investigation could occur here, as he focused on CIA agents who followed legal advice, not on the individuals who tried to provide that cover.
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