Green Light for Torture

This morning, Del sent me a link to this must-read article from Vanity Fair on the development of the Bush administration’s torture policy. It’s long, and I’m not even going to try to excerpt. Read the whole thing. I’ll warn you that you’re likely to come away nauseated and disgusted. If there is any justice in the world, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Addington, Gonzales, Yoo, Bybee, and a string of others will find themselves before a war crimes tribunal.

No, I’m not holding my breath. I don’t know whether to throw things or throw up.


After you finish your reading assignment, check out ahab’s post on yesterday’s release of the Yoo torture memo.

4 Responses to “Green Light for Torture”

  1. mooncat says:

    If Yoo and his ridiculous justification of torture on the grounds that the President can do anything he damned well pleases in the name of national security hasn’t disgusted you enough, read this for dessert:

    Bush Administration Memo Says Fourth Amendment Does Not Apply To Military Operations Within U.S.

    The next President, and Congress, has so much @#*& to clean up!

  2. Kathy says:

    I’m afraid it’s going to take longer than 4-8 years to clean up W’s disaster. Just finding all the memos, executive orders, signing statements, etc., that were drawn up to justify his power grab could take a year. Winning back our claim to moral high ground will take generations.

    Let me see if I have this right — Bushco says the military can conduct domestic operations (which sounds wrong to me) and the public isn’t protected from unreasonable search and seizure by said military. Yep, land of the free.

  3. Bill says:

    It was chilling to read. And absolutely nothing in it surprised me.

  4. Norm in Atmore says:

    As soon as I read the story, I sent an email to the Berkeley Law School Dean, demanding Yoo be fired. Don’t expect action, but it IS Berkeley, so I do expect the student body to rise up. Full text:

    Is there a good reason why a bastion of civil liberty
    and human rights like Berkeley would employ a
    slimeball like John Yoo. “Yoo” gotta be kidding me!
    Dump the chump, quickly and with great public fanfare.
    He is hardly someone who should be teaching the next
    generation of lawyers.

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