Friday, April 17, 2009

Send Bush To Gitmo, part 903455834583458345893452347

Obama has finally released four of the documents left from when Bush and company were debating exactly how much they like torture. They're fairly long, so it may take some time for people to fully mine through them, but just to get started here's a nice quote from (Bush-era) Office of Legal Counsel director Steven Bradbury:

The Convention Against Torture does not apply
outside the United States, or anywhere where
the US does not have de facto control: hence,
it does not apply to CIA “black sites”, which
are in other countries. Therefore, the CIA can
torture people there and not have to worry about
the law.

I must have misread that, let's take another look:

Therefore, the CIA can torture people there and
not have to worry about the law.

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2 comments:

  1. Greenwald has a post up on this with the gross details. Someone really needs to go to jail over this stuff.

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  2. Luv2Wtrbd 19764/17/09, 3:40 PM

    ok, so assume that the Bush administration, specifically the Asst. Atty. General whose name is on the memos, honestly believed torture was necessary. Assume that he honestly believed there to be a pressing national need to do so.

    WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU SIGN THE MEMO, OR EVEN PUT IT IN WRITING???????????

    DOESN'T THE GOVERNMENT USE COOL CODENAMES LIKE WATERBOARDER69, OR XCITED2STINGU ???

    COME ON!!! As a retired government man myself, God Damn! I'm not sure if I am more mad about the torture, or the sheer incompetancy of it all!

    Look, I think most Americans probably assumed we did "bad stuff" to our prisoners. I think that torture is ineffective and ultimately useless in the court of law; but what idiot decided to put it in writing?!?!

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