Gul Rahman and Manadel al-Jamadi Investigations: The New Information

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 6:31 pm

In his announcement that John Durham is investigating the deaths by torture of two CIA detainee, Eric Holder suggested that John Durham reviewed information that had not been reviewed by the prosecutors who had earlier declined to prosecute the cases. That review included both information and matters that had never previously been examined by the [...]

The Confusion about When Hassan Ghul’s Torture Started

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 9:26 am

In this post, I noted that John McCain seemed to be talking about Hassan Ghul when he spoke of a detainee who gave up key information on Osama bin Laden’s courier without being tortured. It’s the other detail I find even more interesting: that info on Abu Ahmed’s real role and his real relationship with [...]

The Weird Circumstances Surrounding Hassan Ghul’s Interrogation

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 12:33 pm

As I noted earlier, the AP and other outlets have reported that Hassan Ghul was among the first to inform American interrogators of the importance of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. Here’s what the AP reported. Then in 2004, top al-Qaida operative Hassan Ghul was captured in Iraq. Ghul told the CIA that al-Kuwaiti was a courier, [...]

“I Think the Critical Term Here Is” Littering Prolonged Mental Harm

By: Friday September 3, 2010 8:31 am

Here’s how our crack 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee played word games so as to consider bottles of water left for migrants traversing the Arizona desert “litter” even if they weren’t “garbage.” (h/t Balkinization) 1The regulation suffers from several grammatical challenges. The regulation begins with three gerunds listed in series—“littering, disposing, or dumping”—followed by an [...]

The AP’s “Most Complete Published Account” that Leaves Out Torture

By: Monday July 26, 2010 11:13 am

The AP’s DOJ and intelligence writers have a story out on the Durham investigation that purports to be “the most complete published account” of the destruction of the torture tapes. Only, it ignores key details that have already been published which paint a much more damning picture of the tapes and their destruction. First, the [...]

Did Jay Bybee Accidentally Admit that CIA Experimented on Abu Zubaydah with Sleep Deprivation?

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 10:40 am

Pages 100-102 of the Jay Bybee Transcript are worth reading closely, not least for the way Jay Bybee tries to shift the focus of discussion on torture from “severe physical or mental pain or suffering” to “prolonged mental harm” to avoid the obvious fact that CIA and DOJ approved extended sleep deprivation without having any [...]

Jay Bybee Suggests He Wouldn’t Recuse on Ghost Detainee Case

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 10:03 am

When Jerry Nadler asked Jay Bybee whether or not it would legal to disappear someone for three years, the Appeals Court Judge refused to answer, saying he might have to rule on such an issue. Nadler: Let’s assume you had been asked the question, would it be legal to keep people incommunicado in solitary confinement [...]

Jay Bybee Admits CIA Had No Approval for Water Dousing, Diapering

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 8:54 am

On May 26, the House Judiciary Committee interviewed Jay Bybee about the circumstances that went into the Bybee Memos authorizing torture.  Here’s the transcript of that interview. I’m going to read them in depth, but for now I wanted to point out this detail. Bybee confirmed that a number of techniques reportedly used on CIA [...]

The OTHER 2002 Jay Bybee Opinion

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 4:31 pm

The WaPo reports that the Obama Administration might be impeded from filing a suit against the AZ anti-immigrant law because of a 2002 Jay Bybee Memo holding that local police have the authority to detain people for both civil and criminal violations of Federal immigration law. It pitches the story as the Obama Administration being [...]

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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