July 10th, 2009
08:35 AM ET

Dear President Obama #172: Torture? Again?

Reporter's Note: President Barack Obama is traveling throughout the world, and judging from my mailbox, he is visiting only places that have no postcards for sale.  Ahem.  I, however, have not given up on writing a letter every day to him.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

I’ve tried really hard not to ask for any favors in all of these letters. I didn’t ask you to help me power wash the patio last weekend. I have not requested that you declare a national “Give Tom a dollar day,” although I still think that’s a fun project the whole nation could really enjoy. And I didn’t even ask you to make it a felony for people to talk in movie theaters, despite that being a solid-gold-let’s-improve-the-quality-of-life-right-this-minute idea. But now I must beg your help.

Can you please make this CIA mess go away? I really don’t care which way it goes, I’ve just grown tired of hearing about it. And that’s not because I’m an unprincipled jerk who does not care about the rights of other people (although during rush hour, that might be a fair assessment,) it’s because this issue has now been grinding on for what seems like ages caught between a lack of verified facts and a lack of political will to find some.

If we tortured people and broke laws in the process, we ought to get on the case hard. Investigate with brutal impartiality, round up everyone who should be held responsible, regardless of party or pedigree, and throw the book at them. Heck, you can throw the whole library for all I care. And if nothing was done that was wrong, then can we please move on?

I figured after your pal, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got caught up in the squeeze play over effectively calling CIA officials a bunch of liars, and then refusing to press charges against them, the whole thing was finally going to die. But no. Here it is, once again, ripping back into the headlines like a bad sequel to a worse movie.

I realize that sometimes things like this move in an incremental way. But this matter seems like it has been going nowhere for quite some time, satisfying neither liberals nor conservatives and producing few if any answers about who will or won’t be taken to task.

One way or the other, can you move it toward some sort of conclusion? I don’t ask for much. Call if you are inclined. But for heavens sake don’t use the hotel phone; the overseas dialing fees will be outrageous, and I’m sure every tax dollar you can save will be appreciated.



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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. ronvan

    Mr. Foreman hits the nail on the head, once again. Bush/Cheney, and most likely others, changed the laws to fit their needs & lied to all of us. Yet they continue to live the good life, and for Cheney, continue to spout lies & make threats. Have an independent commission and let it determine if charges should be filed. If not then let it go. President Obama made waterboarding illegal, but what is to prevent another president approving it when there are no consequences.

    July 13, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  2. Stacy

    If we tortured? We waterboarded people. We know that for a fact. That's torture.

    I am very disappointed in Obama for not supporting an independent commission.

    July 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  3. Franky, Land of Lincon

    Nice one...like a bad sequel to a worse movie, very nice, 🙂

    And yeah, I agree, it all started with Nancy, no wonder they pick on her, LOL!! 🙂 But is true!! And I got love for her, I do but didn't seem like after that incident, she took it "slow" which she did in fact but overall, she knew what happen. Boy...she'll definitely lose $$$ in Poker tonight, LOL!!! You guys are welcome to come by, 🙂

    Is O.K Tom, we'll get answers soon, I hope, 🙂 But in the meantime, let's tale advantage of "Give Tom a dollar a day." Trust me, now is the time baby, LOL!!! 🙂

    Have a good one Tom, 🙂

    July 10, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  4. Joanne Pacicca

    So true. We have very pressing issues at hand. Let's not keep rehashing the past mistakes of another President. FInd a solution, implement it, be done with this mess.

    July 10, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  5. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    I do agree Mr. Foreman, talking in the theater during should be a felony. I do not agree wwith too much coverage of CIA "blunders" ? Is it fair to call them that? I think most of us just want to get to the bottom of the issue , that's if there is one. We just want it fixed you know? There's so much that needs fixing! Please, let's just get it done!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    July 10, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  6. RLWellman

    Nancy Pelosi is a liar. She thinks because she is speaker of the house she can tell lies and get away with it. There definately needs to be an investigation into these allegations. You can use some of the stimulis money to cover the cost. At least then some of the money will be put to good use.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:41 am |