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Sen. Whitehouse—Reckoning for Bush?

Judging from a recent interview, it appears Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) would like to educate citizens and investigate the Bush Administration’s past policies…

  • Thaddeus Kromelis
February 4, 2009

Sen. WhitehouseJudging from this recent interview in the Atlantic, it appears Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)—member of the Budget, Intelligence and Judiciary committees—doesn’t believe we should move on and just sweep the Bush Administration’s intelligence and judicial policies under the national rug. Not surprising, given that a section of his web site is titled: “Standing Up for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.”

A quick quote from the brief interview:

And because [the Bush Administration’s policy] was so sophisticated and because a lot of it was under the radar, it’s all the more important an object lesson for voters for citizens for other countries that it be a publicly aired what was done, why it was done, what it means for democracy. I think there’s a very important discussion to be had out of this. … Demcoracy isn’t just a static thing. It’s an ongoing thing. It has to move forward through time, and it has to educated the people who are served by it. This is a very important part of the education of the American people in the freedom of American democracy? 

Should be interesting to see what transpires.