Newsweek: Investigation Is Needed, Not Retraction
The media once again is falling prey to the demands of the White House. The issue is not whether Newsweek should issue a retraction. It is that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should appoint a special counsel to investigate detainee claims of torture and religious persecution. The Government cannot continue to investigate itself and proclaim its innocence.
The documents obtained by the ACLU through its Freedom of Information Act request, the lawsuits filed by detainees, the dozens of interviews and two years worth of mainstream media reports all make a compelling case that this kind of abuse occurred.
We must assure the Arab world that an independent and thorough investigation will occur, that the abuse, if confirmed, will stop and that those responsible will be held accountable.
The Arab world could care less about a retraction from Newsweek. It wants action by the U.S. Government. It deserves no less.
I expressed these views this morning -- as a blogger, not a defense lawyer-- on MSNBC's Connected Coast to Coast .
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