The most popular question on President-elect Barack Obama's own Web site, change.gov, is whether he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Bush administration practices such as torture and illegal wiretapping.
Both Obama and Vice-President- elect Joe Biden have given evasive answers about what they'll do once in office, even though outgoing President George W. Bush and Vice-President Richard Cheney have been blunt in defending their actions.
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has proposed a blue-ribbon investigating commission. But some kind of prosecutor will be needed for real accountability, says news analyst Pepe Escobar.
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