Vanity Fair blogger Andrew Cohen thinks the CIA document indicating that then-Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., assented to the destruction of waterboarding tapes (which Roberts' office denies and the CIA now discounts) and blocked a congressional probe of Bush interrogation techniques "will forever taint his reputation and ought to lead to its own investigation." Cohen suggests that if Roberts had let an inquiry proceed in 2003, it might have prevented the Abu Ghraib prison abuses "or any of the other public-relations disasters America's image suffered during those long years." Cohen also notes that Roberts now supports congressional proposals to block funding of civilian trials of terror suspects. "The man who wouldn't lift a congressional finger to investigate when American officials were torturing suspects and destroying evidence now is ready to lift sand to stop a perfectly reasonable and acceptable way to prosecute terror suspects."
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