In a speech last week, Obama faulted those who wanted to inject accountability into the process with the comment, “there’s a tendency in Washington to spend our time pointing fingers at one another.”
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Immediately afterwards, Cheney said prosecuting people involved in harsh interrogations would be “treating political disagreements as a punishable offense and political opponents as criminals.”
However, David Swanson of afterdowningstreet.org says both men distorted the positions of critics who are concerned about the future -- in that they understand the need for accountability as a means of preventing future abuses -- and are not concerned about policy differences but about crimes.
"Torture was always illegal," Swanson said.
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