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Justice Department probe blasts Bush lawyers over 'torture' memos

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posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 05:26 AM
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Justice Department probe blasts Bush lawyers over 'torture' memos


rawstory.com

Ex-Bush administration lawyers who crafted the legal framework for waterboarding and other interrogation tactics – and assert that they do not constitute torture – may be on the verge of a bit of legal trouble themselves.

At least three former top Bush lawyers face possible disciplinary action from state bar associations for what a former Justice Department official has called "deeply flawed" and "sloppily reasoned" legal analysis.

Jay Bybee and John Yoo – who wrote last month that Bush's torture programs were initially designed to outwit crafty defense attorneys – have been "sharply criticized" in an internal Justice Department report, according to Newsweek. A draft of the report from the Office of Professional Responsibility, the department's watchdog unit, was submitted during the waning days of the Bush administration, but former Attorney General Michael Mukasey objected to it, according to the story.
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posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 05:26 AM
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Aside from the fact that torture doen't work, we now have a justice dept report which states that the reasoning was deeply flawed and sloppily reasoned.

A worrying development perhaps for bush & co whose whole basis for allowing torture was these legal opinions.

Perhaps more pertinent could be the timing of this release - could we be seeing the next move in a possible plan to make bush & co answerable for torture?

ignorance of the law is no defense - and it appears that we will see more of this in the weeks/months to come.

If this does happen, expect it to happen slowly, one piece at a time...

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posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 11:49 AM
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Newsweek report here

And more info can be found in this thread



posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 11:57 AM
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I am sure it will not be long before the Bushies are in here defending him and these actions. They will go on and on about how and why it is ok. They do not care that we never got any actionable intelligence from torture and all it really did was make America look like crap in the eyes of the world. They think "24" is a super cool realistic show. They are not in a warzone either, nor would they ever be.



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