When Gerald Ford became President, one of the first things he did was to pardon Richard Nixon.This very unpopular move, may have cost Ford the upcoming election. Yet he knew that the nation could not tolerate a continuing trauma of trying a former President. In retrospect it was a wise and courageous decision.
Today, left wing Democrats are looking to criminally pursue intelligence officers and others who followed orders in the war on terror, and used torture.I will not discuss the merits of torture in a war for survival.I have already done that previously.However, these individuals did prevent another attack on the US. It would serve no national purpose for our next administration to move in that direction.
How Obama handles intelligence will have to be seen.If we go 4 or 8 years without a major domestic attack,he will say "I was right", and if there is G-d forbid an attack, he will start singing another tune.
In the meantime President Bush should pardon all those connected with water-boarding and other forms of "torture" then sanctioned
In addition he should definately pardon Scooter Libby, who was made a scapegoat for the anti-war movement.
In addition it is time to commute the sentence of Johnathan Pollard on humanitarian grounds.He has suffered enough,and probably the CIA and Defense Dept, will now not vocally oppose his release.
Please call the White House,asking for that action.