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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 02:12 PM
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Former Bush Officials Work to Soften Ethics Report on Interrogations
Source: WaPo

Former Bush Officials Work to Soften Ethics Report on Interrogations

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 3:06 PM

Former Bush administration officials are launching a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to urge Justice Department leaders to soften an ethics report criticizing lawyers who blessed harsh detainee interrogation tactics, according to two sources familiar with the efforts.

In recent days, attorneys for the subjects of the ethics probe have encouraged senior Bush administration appointees to write and phone Justice Department officials, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is not complete.

A draft report of more than 200 pages, prepared in January before Bush's departure, recommends disciplinary action by state bar associations against two former department attorneys in the Office of Legal Counsel who might have committed misconduct in preparing and signing the so-called torture memos. State bar associations have the power to suspend a lawyer's license to practice or impose other penalties.

The memos offered support for waterboarding, slamming prisoners against a wall and other techniques that critics have likened to torture. The documents were drafted between 2002 and 2005.

The sweeping investigation, now in its fifth year, could shed new light on the origins of the memos. Investigators rely in part on e-mail exchanges between Justice Department lawyers and lawyers at the CIA who sought advice about the legality of interrogation practices that have since been abandoned by the Obama administration.

Two of the authors, Jay S. Bybee, now a federal appeals court judge in Nevada, and John C. Yoo, now a law professor in Southern California, faced a deadline of yesterday to respond to investigators.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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skyounkin Donating Member (722 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 03:04 PM
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1. Fuck!! YOU!! (not to th OP)
They need to be disbarred and tried for war crimes!!

Disgusting.



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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 03:28 PM
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2. Funny thing, how torture was so EVIL when Saddam Hussein's bunch did it.
Yet, it's ok when we did/do it.

That hypocrisy is exactly why "they" hate us.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 03:53 PM
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4. If our government don't uphold the rule of law and go after
the criminals in this matter, then the "Terrorists" have won. The terrorists with the help of the GOP and now some democrats who may not have the guts to hold these criminals accountable will have managed to destroy the very things that once put us a notch above the likes of the GESTAPO, the VC and Saddam. "Beacon of Freedom your ass," they will say around the world.

The great "beacon" is all but extinguished and the terrorists will be dancing in the streets if America does not resolve this shameful matter soon, by making the guilty pay for their crimes.
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benld74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 03:37 PM
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3. If they would have worked 1/2 as hard on what they should have done,,
instead of what they did, things wouldn't be so effed up now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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