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Leahy, Other Lawmakers Call for Investigation of Bush-Era Terrorism Policies

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy called for a nonpartisan "truth commission" to investigate the Bush administration's policies on interrogation of terror detainees. Kwame Holman reports.

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  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    Former President Bush and some of his administration's most controversial policies still are on the minds of Democrats in Congress.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has called for an independent truth commission to investigate policies from alleged torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the administration's use of warrantless wiretapping. He convened a hearing today.

  • SEN. PATRICK LEAHY, D-Vt.:

    Vice President Dick Cheney and others from the Bush administration continue to assert that their tactics, including torture, were appropriate and effective. I don't think we should let only one side define history on such important questions.

    I think that we're less safe as a result of mistakes of the last administration's national security policies. I also believe that, in order to restore our moral leadership, we must acknowledge what was done in our name. We can't turn the page unless we first read the page.