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June 23, 2004


Advocate Torture, Get Promoted!

You would think that suggesting that the US has the right to murder prisoners would get you laughed out of the Justice Department. Not in this administration:
An Aug. 1, 2002, Justice Department memo argues that torture — and even deliberate killing — of prisoners in the terror war could be justified as necessary to protect the United States. The memo from then-assistant attorney general Jay Bybee also offers a restricted definition of torture, saying only actions that cause severe pain akin to organ failure would be torture.

Bybee is now a justice on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. [source]

Take a look at some of the cases before the 9th Circuit right now, and tell me this is a guy who should be deciding them.

categories: War and Security
posted by adm at 2:55 AM | #