Show trial: a trial (as of political opponents) in which the verdict is rigged and a public confession is often extracted -- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
President Obama was presented with another opportunity to rule out political retribution dressed up as investigations of the looney left-wing's fanciful allegations of Bush administration war-crimes.
Instead of standing by his previous obfuscation that "we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards," Obama gave a green light to Attorney General Holder to start the show trials -- a political theater relic of Joseph Stalin's Great Purge of political opponents from the former Soviet Union.
Watch the following CBS video report:
Obama has been planning this for a long time. In a December 2007 KJFK radio interview with Christiane Brown, Obama promised that one of his first acts as president would be to call on his new Attorney General to investigate the Bush administration.
BROWN: But, but Senator Obama forgive me…
OBAMA: Let, let me finish…and during that process of review, if it’s determined that laws have been broken, then obviously accountability would be part of my Attorney General’s job.
Nothing is left to chance by Obama leaving the decision up to Holder. Obama's attorney general has already made his mind up about the left's assertions that the legal authority justifying the CIA interrogation methods was more than wrong. Holder is on record with strong opinions about not only allegations of torture, but also the Guantanamo terrorist detention facility, extraordinary rendition, indefinite detentions of non-U.S. citizen terror suspects and the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program.