Why Obama Won't Prosecute Crimes Laid Out in Senate's Torture Report
Judge Andrew Napolitano said today that the Obama administration "is wrong" not to seek prosecutions for crimes laid out in yesterday's controversial Senate report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation methods.
On "America's Newsroom," the judge told Martha MacCallum that Americans have a right to know when the "government breaks the same laws that it enforces on the rest of us."
Napolitano said there are admissions of crimes in the Senate Intelligence Committee report, but the administration will not prosecute for political reasons.
"If the Obama administration prosecutes people from the Bush administration, then whoever's going to succeed President Obama may prosecute the Obama administration. So they have a vested interest in not doing that," he said.
The judge agreed that the timing the report is "self-serving," since Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will lose her chairwoman's seat in a few weeks to a Republican.
Napolitano pushed back on the idea that the report's release will endanger Americans abroad. He said that the interrogation techniques laid out in the report have been well known for years.
He said the biggest "news" in the report is that CIA people who participated in the interrogations believe that the methods did not work.
The judge agreed with MacCallum that the report is "imperfect" because the committee did not talk to the people running the CIA after 9/11.
Watch his full analysis above.