The Chronicles of Torture: Undisclosed OLC Opinions on Interrogation
Oct-4-07 10:21 am
Steven G. Bradbury
Today's New York Times reports on previous undisclosed, post-Jack Goldmith legal opinions on interrogation techniques that were issued by Steven G. Bradbury, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in 2005. The Times explains:
When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.
So while Jack Goldsmith had tried to bring OLC back to the rule of law, the situation was no better once a new chief of OLC was selected. The Times explains:
The Times article goes on to explore internal debates in the Administration, covering some of the ground discussed by Goldsmith in his new book, The Terror Presidency, but adding new details as well.
I guess it goes without saying that this is yet another sad tale in the chronicles of torture that the Administration has found itself. My only hope is that a new presdient can come to office and have the Justice Department strongly repudiate all of these OLC memoranda. That won't repair the damage, but it may help. As we all know, once a state has advanced a legal arugment, it can come back to haunt in the worst possible way. The Times concludes its article explaining just this problem:
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