I attended Rep. Jerry Nadler's event at the Tribeca Cinema last night which featured a lively discussion about progressive issues.
Moderator Joel Silverman asked about Senator Leahy's proposed Truth Commission.
Baratunde Thurston of Jack & Jill Politics said it's not about vengeance, it's about setting standards.
Nadler said "we have no choice, we must prosecute." And of course Nadler is in a position to do something about it, since he chairs the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
Nadler announced he is preparing a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for a Special Prosecutor. The letter will resemble those he sent to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who simply ignored Nadler's letter, and then to former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who replied but dodged all of Nadler's issues.
Nadler pointed out that Holder declared waterboarding is torture, and that Dick Cheney said on TV that he authorized waterboarding. Nadler said the Convention Against Torture, which was signed by Ronald Reagan, obligates the United States to investigate and prosecute torturers.
Nadler's argument is identical to that made by Jonathan Turley, Glenn Greenwald, and many others.