Ambitious, but no doubt we need more investigation.
Rebecca's new topic is an "indictment of the U.S. officials who should stand trial for post-9/11 ... crimes."
It was also possible to know -- not perhaps in detail, but certainly in outline -- that our spooks and our various military units were perpetrating horrors on captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo, and various other dubious locations well before Seymour Hersh broke the Abu Ghraib torture scandal in 2004. The major media were still cowed and cowardly, but a lot of the terrible facts seeped out.
One of the good journalists in that awful time was the New York Times' James Risen. His 2006 book, State of War royally pissed off the CIA; they didn't give up trying to force him to reveal his sources under threat of jail until this year! That was probably over disclosures of dumb dirty tricks on Iran, but Risen also blew the whistle on NSA surveillance of all of us everywhere despite the qualms of his employers. He also described the outline of the CIA torture program almost a decade before the Senate torture report.
As many of us were at the time, Risen was clearly trying to fathom why particular U.S. leaders responded to 9/11 by adopting so many illegal and clumsy stratagems. In addition to the particular culpability of individuals within the Bush crew, he also indicts the structure and apparatus of the lumbering imperial colossus:
Though several "security" fiefdoms have been built and defended since those days, it is not clear that our political leaders are either smarter or more committed to moral conduct than was the Bush crew in 2001. Nothing structural has been put in place to prevent continuation or revival of the worst abuses. No prosecutions -- "looking forward, not backward" -- means there's no institutional impediment to doing this all again -- and more.