House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed the establishment of a truth commission to investigate Bush administration anti-terrorism policies, including an examination of former top Justice Department lawyers who crafted the legal justifications for what critics say was torture, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Such a probe could target University of California Berkeley law Prof. John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Bush Justice Department who was instrumental in crafting the interrogation memoranda, and his former boss, Jay Bybee, now a judge on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Pelosi’s endorsement follows President Obama’s signal that he was open to the idea. Obama’s shift, in tandem with last week’s release by the administration of past memos describing brutal interrogation techniques on terror suspects, has touched a match to the controversy over whether there should be a public or legal accounting for Bush administration policies on torture and detention.