As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ramps up Democratic pressure for a torture “truth commission,” a Republican Congressman is firing back that should any Bush officials get prosecuted, his party needs to go nuclear.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Politico that the GOP should “shut down” legislative activity across the board – if any Bush-era officials are singled out for prosecution.
“We would need to have a scorched-earth policy and use procedural means to bring the place to a halt – go to war,” he added.
Pelosi has fueled the political fires by declaring that President Obama – who has nixed prosecuting CIA interrogators – should leave open the alternative of filing charges against leading Bush administration lawyers “who formulated policies to strip, slap, shove, and water-board” terror detainees, according to a report in The Week.
King, who is the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, concluded his tirade to Politico with: “If we have another 2,000 people killed, I want Nancy Pelosi and [liberal philanthropist] George Soros, John Conyers and Pat Leahy to go to the funeral and say, ‘Your son was vaporized because we didn’t want to dump some guy's head under water for 30 seconds.’”
Leahy and Conyers haven’t called for prosecutions, per se, but maintain that more information needs to be accumulated to determine if those who authorized water-boarding broke the law.
The outspoken politician, who has said he will decide by the end of the summer if he’s in the race for the seat now held by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, has drawn attention of late with his jabs at what he sees as softness on domestically-nurtured terrorism in the Muslim community.
King blasted last week on MSNBC that few Muslim Americans come forward to cooperate with law enforcers, and that, furthermore, there’s never been a Department of Homeland Security report that says, “look out for mosques” or “look out for Islamic terrorists in our country.”
According to Newsday, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned King’s comments as “bigoted.”
But King has elected to stand by his remarks.
King also claimed that federal agencies had certain mosques in his district under surveillance. The week, the FBI and Nassau police Monday said only that they do not focus investigations on particular religious denominations.
According to Newsday, a spokeswoman for the federal Department of Homeland Security, however, was more to the point, saying, “It would be unfair and inaccurate to characterize each Muslim community in the United States in a single statement.”
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