Good luck trying to get it closed in your guaranteed 4 years! Of course we tortured people. Sure we called it "enhanced interrogation techniques" and we tried to legalize it with memo's after the fact. But what's the upside to opening this particular pandora's box? It certainly won't endear us to our enemies and it won't strengthen our bond with England (one of the few true friends we have left). So why release the memos? What could you possibly gain? Unless your goal was to further embroil congress in grave matters of little consequences. We all know if you really follow the thread, you'll end up in Dick Cheney's office. So are you prepared to prosecute a Vice President of the United States for conspiracy to torture?
First you said you weren't interested in looking backwards. Then you said CIA interrogators won't be punished but the writers of the justification memos will be punished. How can you not punish the actual CIA interrogators when the guards at Nazi concentration camps were tried and punished? When a couple of the guards from Abu Graib are serving prison sentences.
Frankly this is just Obama's inexperience showing. We all knew about the torture but decided to turn a blind eye to it. We all knew about the warrantless wiretapping but decided to ignore it. What makes Obama think we are now ready for the truth? He ought to have just stopped at saying "We don't and won't torture". Now he's gotta find a way to extricate himself from this process before his entire agenda gets derailed.