Barack Obama resisted the pressure of his party’s radical leftwing base for show trials of CIA counter-terrorism officers, and made a point of actually visiting the Agency’s Langley Headquarters to assure Agency employees that he intends to stop with public censure. No one is actually going to be indicted and prosecuted.
Donâ€™t be discouraged by whatâ€™s happened in the last few weeks,â€ he told employees. â€œDonâ€™t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially weâ€™ve made some mistakes. Thatâ€™s how we learn. But the fact that we are willing to acknowledge them and then move forward, that is precisely why I am proud to be president of the United States and thatâ€™s why you should be proud to be members of the C.I.A.â€
Of course, any CIA employees involved would be well advised to stay at home. If they go abroad, they may be arrested and hauled before a leftwing war crimes tribunal in some place like Spain, where Baltasar Garzon has already initiated prosecution of six former senior Bush Administration officials.