Friday, March 29, 2013

For Obama, Tricky Balancing Act in Enforcing Defense of Marriage Act

To the Editor:
    The United States ratified the Convention against Torture in October 1994, and the Convention entered into force for the United States on 20 November 1994. On that day, it became the supreme law of the land. Yet president Obama's department of Justice--while acknowledging that men were waterboarded while in U.S. custody, and that waterboarding is torture--has prosecuted no one and extradited no one.  This exercise in Executive discretion is the more remarkable because now that same department of justice whines that it finds a constitutional duty to comply with laws even if it thinks them unconstitutional.
   If mr. Holder doesn't have the spine to hold our CIA accountable to law on the one hand or to not enforce a law he holds to be unconstitutional on the other, he should get out of the way and let someone do his job.
Barry Haskell Levine

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