Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pursuing the Torture Presidency

Scott Horton discusses the new Justice Department report that could crack open the pursuit of Bush administration officials and lawyers - especially John Yoo - on torture and civil liberties violations.
Sources at the department who have examined this report state that it echoes some of the harshest criticisms that have appeared in the academic literature, but the report’s real bombshell, they say, will be its detailed disclosure of Yoo’s dealings with the White House in connection with the preparation of the memos. It is widely suspected that the Yoo memos were requested as after-the-fact legal cover for draconian policies that were already in place (“CYA memos”). If the Justice Department internal probe concludes this is the case, that could have clear consequences for the current debate surrounding the Bush administration’s accountability for torture.

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