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Thursday, April 03, 2008. *
Why was the second Yoo torture-justifying memo released yesterday?

ACLU has tried to get it for years and congress was asking for it for some month. But out of the blue sky, it was released late Tuesday and is extensively covert in yesterdays press.

I find it likely that this was done to divert the media attention from a Vanity Fair article that was published the very same day.

That article tells how the very top government lawyers went to Guantanamo themselves and "brought ideas with them" on how to torture alleged al-Qaida members. The article concludes that these men committed war-crimes.

Philippe Sands is an international lawyer and Professor in London. The piece he has written is a good coverage of the process that brought torture to Guantanamo and Abu Graibh.

I recommend to read The Green Light in full.

“You could almost see their dicks getting hard as they got new ideas." A Vanity Fair reporter investigates the chain of command that tossed out the Geneva Conventions and instituted coercive interrogation techniques -- some might call them torture or even war crimes -- in Bush's Global War on Terror. UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo's

So, Gonzales himself had witnessed some of the tortures he advised using? Nice. I suppose he brought back the videos, too, so that Bush could masterbate...

John Yoo Says President Bush Can Legally Torture Children

Cassel: If the president deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him?

Yoo: No treaty

Cassel: Also no law by Congress -- that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo...

Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.

Finally, Lauren Rozen points to comments on Yoo memo, including Marty Federman, formerly of Justice Dept.

WP: "Thomas J. Romig, who was then the Army's judge advocate general, said yesterday after reading the memo that it appears to argue there are no rules in a time of war, a concept Romig found 'downright offensive.'"


And it's fairly outrageous that Congress didn't release it when they received it. The classification and oversight systems are hopelessly broken.

... When will Congress insist upon hearings at which Geoffrey Miller, Jim Haynes, Donald Rumsfeld, and other DOD officials, explain why they kept the Yoo memo and the Working Group Report secret -- undisclosed even to the Working Group itself -- and why they briefed Miller on Yoo's multiple theories of legal absolution on his way out to Iraq? It's no longer very hard to figure out just why, all of a sudden, as soon as Miller arrived in Iraq, everyone there just suddenly and magically came to think the Geneva Conventions, UCMJ, federal assault and torture statutes, etc., simply no longer applied -- that Iraq was a law-free zone...

Fuck Gonzales, Bush and...

Fuck Yoo!
posted by Uncle $cam at 8:48 AM
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