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Group Thinkers Miss an Original on Truth Commission

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President George W. Bush, pictured here in 2004.

President George W. Bush, pictured here in 2004.

It's always interesting to watch Beltway insiderism at work, so you might want to take a look at this blog item referencing this short piece on the Washington Note Web site, which references this video discussion, all dealing with the notion of a truth commission to look into apparent human rights violations during the Bush administration's conduct of the war on terror.

To get a fuller look at the possibility of a truth commission, take a look at my column on the subject, which hit the Miller-McCune Web site four days go. Or pop over to "Restoring Moral Authority: Ending Torture, Secret Detention, and the Prison at Guantanamo Bay" in "Terrorism: What the Next President Will Face," the latest issue of the ANNALS of The American Academy of Political and Social Science. The article — by Tom Malinowski, the Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch — is as succinct, stirring and nuanced an argument for a truth commission as I can imagine. Funny how Washington insiders somehow forgot to mention him or his article.

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