Following orders

April 26, 2009 

Your April 18 editorial defended the U.S. government's current decision not to prosecute the perpetrators of torture in these terms: "They had, after all, legal authorization from the Bush Justice Department."

True. And Mr. Eichmann and others like him had legal authorization from the German government to torture and kill Jews. Has The N&O spoken out against the prosecution of Nazis?

Even if we accept your argument, those who gave the "legal authorization" for acts violating both international law and common morality deserve to be prosecuted. Why not start with the former vice president? Until we do so, torture will remain a blight on our national conscience.

Mary Ann Witt,

Durham

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