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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Good for Them: Truth and Reconciliation

I was surprised and impressed to see two centrist Washington bigwigs — former diplomat Thomas Pickering and former FBI director William Sessions — call for an independent commission to look into U.S. government policies on torture and detainees. It is in the interest of our nation’s security that President Obama should immediately appoint such a ...

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I was surprised and impressed to see two centrist Washington bigwigs -- former diplomat Thomas Pickering and former FBI director William Sessions -- call for an independent commission to look into U.S. government policies on torture and detainees.

It is in the interest of our nation's security that President Obama should immediately appoint such a commission. To move ahead, make our country safer and strengthen the leadership position of the United States, we must have a full understanding of detainee policies and their consequences. Only then can we prevent any mistakes of the past from being repeated.

I was surprised and impressed to see two centrist Washington bigwigs — former diplomat Thomas Pickering and former FBI director William Sessions — call for an independent commission to look into U.S. government policies on torture and detainees.

It is in the interest of our nation’s security that President Obama should immediately appoint such a commission. To move ahead, make our country safer and strengthen the leadership position of the United States, we must have a full understanding of detainee policies and their consequences. Only then can we prevent any mistakes of the past from being repeated.

I am beginning to think this might just happen. And that would be a good thing indeed. We probably need one more round of revelations to push it over the top. Given the nature of things, I expect that murder will out. 

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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