OMG, what a coincidence. The Obama administration wanted to see America look “forward” and not “backward” regarding Bush era torture policies, and lo and behold The Department of Justice finds Judge Jay Bybee and lawyer John Yoo are stupid, but not guilty.
And it’s offensive.
It’s offensive because there was nothing stupid about it. Bybee and Yoo were tapped exactly because they are ass-kissing toadies. They were told to make it okay to torture. The torture memos explained how anybody might skirt accountability:
- Torture off U.S. soil.
- International law is not U.S. law; therefore, a president may override.
- Leave no marks if possible.
- An assault that would get a U.S. citizen 6 months in jail or less could be implemented because legally that crime committed outside the United States is not legally prosecutable.
- Torture is defined as that which does not cause organ failure.
- Implement euphemisms like “enhanced interrogation” and “enemy combatant.”
Bybee and Yoo embraced the techniques of slitting noses and ears, cutting out tongues, and dousing a prisoner in acid so long as there is no intent to maim (Torture Memo 30-31).
Bybee and Yoo gave their bosses President George W. Bush, VP Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld what they wanted. And that’s not stupid. It’s calculated job security. Bybee was rewarded with a federal judgeship. Yoo takes most of the hits for the torture memos, but he wasn’t a top dog. No, the top dogs live free and clear in America, and Cheney is still flapping his gums on the virtue of torture. Not an ounce of remorse.
“Margolis, the top nonpolitical Justice Department lawyer and a veteran of several administrations, called the legal memos ”flawed” and said that, at every opportunity, they gave interrogators as much leeway as possible under U.S. torture laws. But he said Yoo and Bybee were not reckless and did not knowingly give incorrect advice, the standard for misconduct. –The New York Times
Assistant Deputy Attorney General David Margolis wants every one to know that dismissing Bybee and Yoo does not constitute an endorsement of the memos.
Way to cover your sorry ass, Margolis. Examine your own capacity for conjuring bullshit judgement.
I wonder what’s to stop a future president and administration from using toadie lawyers in the same way?