Like many Americans, Atlanta attorney John Chandler doesn’t want to see low-level functionaries prosecuted for torturing detainees.
“I have no interest in the government prosecuting people who were obeying orders,” he said. “I think the government should prosecute those who were giving orders.”
Chandler, a partner at King & Spalding, knows something about the subject of torture because he has represented Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been subjected to horrendous beatings and other forms of physical abuse as well as psychological abuse.
But Chandler knows that the American public probably doesn’t have any patience for prosecuting George Bush, Dick Cheney or John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who wrote convoluted legal justifications for torture. So, the next best thing, Chandler says, might be something like a truth commission, which can get to the bottom of what exactly happened and why.
“The American people and the world deserve to know what happened and