Michael Mukasey’s Torture Apologies

By: Friday July 1, 2011 6:20 am

After the Osama bin Laden killing, Michael Mukasey rather shamelessly took the lead in claiming torture had some role in finding OBL. I thought then that the sheer volume of the torture apologists’ wails suggested that John Durham’s torture investigation might actually move forward in some way. But I was particularly struck by Mukasey’s prominence. [...]

Is Mukasey Suggesting We Ignored Information Mohammed al-Qahtani Gave Us?

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 12:13 pm

I’ve been having difficulty finding the time to get through the entire AEI torture extravaganza that took place yesterday (“Moderated” by John Yoo). But by the time I read this Greg Sargent piece, I had gotten through the point at about 3 minutes in where Michael Mukasey said, Was there a memo in the file [...]

Michael Mukasey Doubles Down on the Sophism

By: Friday May 13, 2011 5:00 am

The most interesting aspect of Michael Mukasey’s retort to John McCain’s op-ed calling him a liar is not the content–that’s the same old trite sophism–but rather the publication details of it. It appears not under Mukasey’s byline, but under Dick Cheney’s speech-writer’s byline, complete with a picture. And when he introduces Mukasey’s words, Marc Thiessen [...]

Why Did the Torture Apologists Come Out of their Caves?

By: Friday May 6, 2011 2:40 pm

I don’t really have the heart to refute Michael Mukasey’s apology for torture. In it, he contradicts assertions made by torture apologists who were closer to the torture. He includes extraneous (and false) details to fluff up his case. He falsely pretends the torture described in the torture memos accurately described what happened to the [...]

Are 95% of People Investigated Under New FBI Guidelines Innocent, but Entered into Database?

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 8:11 pm

The NYT liberated the specific answer to a question that Russ Feingold asked in March 2009, but which DOJ didn’t respond to until November 2010, when Feingold was a lame duck Senator. At issue were new investigative guidelines Attorney General Michael Mukasey issued in late 2008, on his way out the door, which allowed the [...]

More New York Republicans Providing Material Support to Terrorists

By: Monday January 3, 2011 6:06 am

Speaking of material support for terrorism, David Cole uses the recent trip by Rudy Giuliani and others to suck up to the Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK) as an opportunity to explain the idiocy of the Holder versus Humanitarian Law Project SCOTUS verdict. DID former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Tom Ridge, [...]

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 [...]

Steven Bradbury: Breaking His Own Rules Even as He Writes Them

By: Friday March 19, 2010 3:01 pm

I’m working on a big post on the May 2005 Bradbury Memos. But I wanted to point out this tidbit about them in the interim. As you might recall, the Jim Comey emails (probably leaked by the torture apologists last summer) provide a few clues about why Comey objected to the May 10, 2005 Combined [...]

Mukasey’s Muddle

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 7:45 am

Say what you will about Michael Mukasey, but usually he can craft a fairly logical argument. That’s not, however, true of this muddled op-ed in the WSJ. The op-ed attempts to draw an equivalence between lawyers–but not civil liberties organizations–that have represented Gitmo detainees and Yoo and Bybee (and, by association, though he doesn’t admit [...]

“We all benefited” from Margolis’ tenure

By: Friday March 5, 2010 6:14 pm

A bunch of former DOJ bigwigs just wrote a seemingly pointless letter to Pat Leahy to assure him that David Margolis does not have a partisan–and they mean Left-Right partisan–bias. (h/t Main Justice) I say “pointless,” to begin with, because after last Friday’s flaccid hearing on the OPR report, is anyone actually imagining that Pat [...]

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