The New York Times editorial board gets shrill:

We can understand that Americans may be eager to put these dark chapters behind them, but it would be irresponsible for the nation and a new administration to ignore what has happened — and may still be happening in secret C.I.A. prisons that are not covered by the military’s current ban on activities like waterboarding.

A prosecutor should be appointed to consider criminal charges against top officials at the Pentagon and others involved in planning the abuse.

I hope that the editors of the Times keep these words in mind as the Obama administration starts. If Obama and AG Eric Holder decide to pursue investigation and prosecution into Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Haynes, Addington, Cheney, and Bush, the Times must remember that they were in favor of it at a time not long ago. And if the Obama administration ends up not having the courage and patriotism to investigate how Bush administration officials strayed so far from the law and the rule of law to do such great damage to our nation, our security, and our reputation abroad, then I hope the Times ed board calls them out for that failure.

You can’t just move past torture policies that originated under the direction of the White House. We cannot let this rotting cut into the American character continue to fester under the bandage of willed ignorance.

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