White House

December 19, 2008

Did Bush officials commit war crimes? Maybe, but trials aren't likely

Civil libertarians and human rights groups want the incoming Obama administration to investigate whether the Bush administration committed war crimes. They don't just want low-level CIA interrogators, either. They want President George W. Bush on down. But even those who believe top officials broke the law don't think criminal prosecutions are likely. The charges would be too difficult legally and politically to succeed.

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