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Leahy Backs Commission to Investigate Bush-Era Abuses

We need to get to the bottom of what happened -- and why -- so we make sure it never happens again.

One path to that goal would be a reconciliation process and truth commission. We could develop and authorize a person or group of people universally recognized as fair minded, and without axes to grind. Their straightforward mission would be to find the truth. People would be invited to come forward and share their knowledge and experiences, not for purposes of constructing criminal indictments, but to assemble the facts. If needed, such a process could involve subpoena powers, and even the authority to obtain immunity from prosecutions in order to get to the whole truth.

We've asked Leahy's office whether he plans to submit a Senate version of Conyers' bill, which would set an initial commission budget of $3 million -- a small price to pay for a little accountability.