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Torture: Obama leaves the door open to prosecution

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In the midst of a strong political pressure, the U.S. president, Barack Obama, left the door open yesterday to bring to justice those responsible for having designed the legal framework that permitted to practice torture on terror suspects during the administration of George W. Bush.

With two Senate committees preparing reports and requesting the formation of a commission to investigate abuses committed during the Bush Administration, with human rights organizations demanding a voice for victims of torture and with UN reminding that Washington is no stranger to international law, Obama gave way to justice, and said it depended on the legal opinion of the Attorney General to prosecute or not the lawyers who drafted the memos permitting torture.

Once again, three weeks after the last reports on torture were published, the president expressed his support for "those individuals who carried out their work within the four corners of the officially laid down guidelines."

The president said that reports on torture show evidence of "loss of moral values" in the United States. "This is a very difficult chapter in our history," said Obama.

The occupant of the White House was opposed to the creation of a truth commission, but favorable to the Congress to investigate in a "bipartisan, independent and looking to the future."

But when thinking that publishing the documents on torture signed by lawyers John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Steven Bradbury (all members of the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice in the last term), will close this "painful and dark chapter", the White House was wrong.

Everything indicate that the debate and its implications have only just begun.

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