August 24, 2009 3:39PM

A Transparent Inquiry: The Only Way Forward

How could a country that claims to abide by principles like constitutional government and the rule of law do anything other than investigate credible claims of official abuse?

News that Attorney General Holder will appoint a prosecutor to investigate such claims will only surprise or upset people who have lost track of our national values.

CIA Director Leon Panetta doesn't help the cause by issuing a statement to the CIA staff saying, "America is a nation at war." Whether we are or not, that lullaby-in-reverse -- reassuring CIA staff with a poke at the panic button -- would seem to ratify expediency over professionalism.