You may be hard pressed to find a greater religious inferiority complex than the one held by the Mormons. Those at Prophet Central in Salt Lake City cannot be loving the spotlight being shined on their own Judge Jay Bybee.
He’s not the missionary tool they are looking for. Nope, he’s just a tool.
In case, you’re having trouble keeping track of all the names becoming synonymous with the institution of torture under President George W. Bush, John Yoo was Jay Bybee’s butt boy.
And while Yoo is a veritable legal laughing stock and professor pariah at UC-Berkeley, Bybee now enjoys a lifetime appointment as a federal judge.
Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan’s heroin chic discoursing trip on ABC where she wistfully coos and pleads that we all look the other way as far as Bybee’s memos go riled (my boyfriend) Russ Feingold something fierce.
And Lo and behold…Obama’s open to prosecution, but sorry, baby, it’s not your call. That’s DoJ.
Bybee may be the expendable ensign they’re looking for. He is an excellent target. The Republican’s super religious right isn’t about to stand up enthusiastically for him with those Mormon credentials.
It’d be nice if his church excommunicated him for helping to institutionalize torture, for lacking the courage to choose what’s right. I mean they excommunicate for adultery and saying, “this doctrine is a crock of shit.” Why not something as abominable as torture?
Bybee probably felt pretty important and uninferior when the Bush administration was relying on him to twist the law to skirt torture definitions. Wonder how he feels now that he’s lawyered up.