Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner
from TheExaminer Website
During a February 9 speech at Georgetown University, Senate Judiciary Chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy proposed the creation of a Truth Commission to explore wrongdoing during the recent Bush administration.
The Truth Commission would focus on getting to the truth on a number of areas where Bush administration figures broke the law. A Truth Commission has the potential to reveal much about the secret workings of the Bush administration.
Significantly, it will encourage many former officials, in exchange for amnesty, to testify about all they know and did.
Sen. Pat Leahy with Att. Gen. Eric Holder. Photo AP
Many illegal activities can be revealed. This
will very significant for those interested in learning more about the misuse
of intelligence data to justify the Iraq war and what really happened on
September 11, 2001.
Leahy’s proposal is a compromise between those wanting the new Attorney General, Eric Holder, to investigate and prosecute wrong doing during the Bush administration, and those not wanting Holder to investigate former administration personnel.
If a Truth Commission goes
ahead, then former Bush administration officials are given amnesty to
testify about all they knew and did without fear of prosecution. While this
will allow the truth to emerge, it also gives wrong doers an escape strategy
from potential prosecution. This will upset some.
The historical results of Truth Commissions have been mixed.
Amnesty allowed many lower and middle ranking officials to come forward to reveal all they knew and did. This allowed society to learn much about what really happened behind the scenes. The Truth Commissions therefore helped promote national reconciliation and healing to a certain extent. In many cases, however, senior political/military figures remained defiant and did not participate in national Truth Commissions.
The political will to prosecute former political leaders was not strong, due to the divisive effect this would have on a society still emerging from years of civil strife.
This led some to conclude that the Truth Commissions were a failure.
South African Truth Commission
Therefore as Senator Leahy’s Truth Commission idea evolves, steps must be taken to ensure that political amnesty does not become a blanket response to all involved in wrong doing during the Bush administration. Those willing to fully cooperate should be given amnesty. Those choosing not to fully cooperate, or give false/misleading testimonies, should be prosecuted if they were involved in crimes.
Finding the right mix of amnesty and prosecution will ensure that
both middle ranking and senior officials reveal all they know, or are
prosecuted for crimes committed.
Their testimonies suggest that elements of the former Bush administration were complicit in what happened on the morning of 911.
A Truth Commission will help the truth to emerge about 911. It will also stimulate Congressional and Justice Department investigations into what is revealed, and prosecution against those not willing to fully disclose all they knew or did on the morning of 911.
A Truth Commission will also help witnesses emerge in other areas where they were involved in or saw crimes committed by personnel involved in highly classified projects. This can finally lead to disclosure of many secrets concerning alleged X-Files on UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
So all in all, Senator Leahy’s Truth
Commission proposal is a very positive step forward in learning the truth
about what really happened during the Bush administration.