Alberto Gonzales Explains Why Torture Didn’t Work Even While Defending It

By: Monday May 9, 2011 5:26 am

As I noted in an update to my Mushroom Cloud Brigade post, even Univision joined in the torture apologist fun, inviting Alberto Gonzales on to talk about the killing of Osama bin Laden. And Gonzales did defend torture. Jorge Ramos: Mr. Gonzales The New York Times reported that the information that led to the capture [...]

The White Paper and the Classified Opinion

By: Thursday March 24, 2011 3:05 pm

As has often been noted, the White Paper the Bush Administration released on January 19, 2006 largely repeats the analysis Jack Goldsmith did in his May 6, 2004 OLC opinion on the warrantless wiretap program. So I decided to compare the two documents. Not only did such a comparison help me see things in both [...]

The Crooks Trying to Bail-Out Alberto Gonzales

By: Friday December 3, 2010 1:44 pm

Let me start by stating that the words “legal” and “trust” don’t belong on a letterhead with Alberto Gonzales’ name blazoned at the top. But that’s not the most interesting part of the letter soliciting donations for a legal defense fund for AGAG (linked by Main Justice). It’s the number of signers who were deeply [...]

Bush Admits to Approving Torture–But Which Use of It?

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 4:28 am

The WaPo reports that Bush, in his book, admits to approving waterboarding. In a memoir due out Tuesday, Bush makes clear that he personally approved the use of that coercive technique against alleged Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an admission the human rights experts say could one day have legal consequences for him. In [...]

The Timing of the Ramzi bin al-Shibh Tapes

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 7:48 am

I wanted to point out two details of timing on the Ramzi bin al-Shibh tapes: The tapes were made after CIA started getting worried about making interrogation tapes The tapes were disclosed after the CIA started trying to figure out what happened to the Abu Zubaydah tapes The tapes were made after CIA already started [...]

Why Were the Torture Tapes Destroyed?

By: Thursday April 22, 2010 12:33 pm

Bob Baer has a column out stating that he can’t figure out why the torture tapes were destroyed–and repeating CIA spin claiming the torture depicted in the tapes should not, itself, be a legal problem, since it was approved by DOJ. (h/t cs) Did the CIA want to destroy graphic evidence of sleep-deprivation or waterboarding? [...]

The Timeline of Torture Tape Destruction in John Durham’s Documents

By: Sunday April 18, 2010 8:16 am

As I said the other day, most of the documents we received the other day are the 13 or so documents that CIA had cleared for FOIA release, but over which John Durham had declared a law enforcement privilege. This chart compares what we got with what had been declared in Vaughn Indices in November [...]

What Happened to that OTHER OPR Report?

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 5:55 am

Remember the OPR Report? No, not the OPR Report on John Yoo’s laughably bad torture memos. I’m talking about the OPR Report on John Yoo’s even worse memo(s) authorizing domestic surveillance. The Torture OPR Report notes that it was the domestic surveillance memo, and not the torture memos, that first clued Jack Goldsmith into how [...]

Daniel Levin Tells Jim Haynes, Again, Not to Torture

By: Sunday April 11, 2010 12:38 pm

We’ve long known that in February 2005, then-acting head of OLC Daniel Levin contacted DOD General Counsel to remind him that the March 14, 2003 Yoo memo on torture had been withdrawn. But I, for one, had never seen a copy of that letter. It turns out the government included it with their Appeals brief [...]

How CIA Avoided Negligent Homicide Charges in the Salt Pit Killing

By: Sunday April 4, 2010 1:49 pm

Since the AP story on the Salt Pit death, reporters have focused a lot of attention to a particular footnote in Jay Bybee’s second response to the OPR Report and what it claims about intent (and, to a lesser degree, what it says about Jay Bybee’s fitness to remain on the 9th Circuit). In it, [...]

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