I've opposed the creation of such a[-n independent] commission because I believe that our existing democratic institutions are strong enough to deliver accountability. The Congress can review abuses of our values, and there are ongoing inquiries by the Congress into matters like enhanced interrogation techniques. The Department of Justice and our courts can work through and punish any violations of our laws or miscarriages of justice.I sure hope so.
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
ON NATIONAL SECURITY, 21 May 2009]
Taken at face value (which may be questionable practice), these words seem to suggest that AG Holder is free to pursue the torturers among us, using existing democratic institutions (e.g., a Special Prosecutor).
Again, I sure hope this reading is correct!