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Mitchell & Jessen Wanted Abu Zuabydah to Think He Was Being Buried Alive

By | 02.25.10 | 10:34 am

Marcy Wheeler conducts an invaluable close reading of the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility report, released on Friday, and finds that the SERE psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen whom CIA contracted in 2001 to advise them on how to interrogate al-Qaeda detainees recommended a horrific technique:



‘Do We Know If Boo-Boo Is Allergic to Certain Insects?’

By | 02.19.10 | 8:09 pm

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility released its report on professional misconduct over torture authorized by ex-Justice officials John Yoo, Steve Bradbury and Jay Bybee today, and the results aren’t so good for them. While they avoided a formal recommendation for disbarment, Justice Department ethics officials found that More…

So Where’s That OPR Report?

By | 12.01.09 | 9:13 am

Less than two weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder testified that the long-awaited report on the ethics of Bush-era Justice Department lawyers who sanctioned torture and other abuses would be released by the end of November.

So where is it?

Bush Campaign Veterans Make Electoral Comeback

By | 11.24.09 | 6:00 am

For a candidate making his first bid for office, Tim Griffin couldn’t be in better shape. One week after announcing his campaign against Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.), the incumbent in Arkansas’s most Democratic-leaning district, Griffin had raised $130,000. A Public Policy Polling survey More…

Won’t You Help Jay Bybee Against Those Who Want to Hold Him Accountable for Torture?

By | 11.19.09 | 9:27 am

Michael Isikoff reports:

The federal judge who helped draft Justice Department memos on torture has set up a legal defense fund to pay the costs of defending against possible disciplinary or impeachment proceedings. Jay Bybee, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in Las Vegas, quietly set up the fund


Holder Says OPR Report Will Be Released by the End of the Month

By | 11.18.09 | 12:56 pm

Responding to a question from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who’s asked frequently when the Justice Department will finally release the repeatedly delayed report by the Office of Professional Responsibility on the conduct of lawyers at the Office of Legal Counsel under President Bush, Holder said that he expects it More…

Specter Reconsidering His Position on OLC Nominee Dawn Johnsen

By | 10.22.09 | 10:24 pm

Earlier this year when Arlen Specter was still a Republican, the Pennsylvania senator was among the harshest critics of Dawn Johnsen, the Indiana University law professor who is President Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

The OLC is the office that housed such More…

Spanish Judge Presses Ahead With Lawsuit Against Bush Lawyers

By | 09.08.09 | 11:23 am

The Spanish newspaper Público reported Saturday that Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against six senior Bush administration lawyers for facilitating the torture of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, according to Andy Worthington.

In March, Judge Garzón announced that he was planning More…

Vagueness Is Not a Crime, But It May Suggest Intent to Commit One

By | 08.25.09 | 9:35 am

Patrick Appel, who is filling in for Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish, yesterday suggested that I was accusing John Yoo & Co. in the Bush Justice Department of the “crime” of approving vague CIA interrogation guidelines. Appel writes:

This seems more likely to be raised in defense


One Need Look No Further Than John Yoo for Evidence of Executive Lawbreaking

By | 07.13.09 | 8:56 am

The explosive inspectors general report released on Friday makes one thing increasingly clear: the Bush White House knew that it was probably breaking the law.

From the report itself, John Yoo’s Office of Legal Counsel memo — and the lightning-fast reporting of Spencer Ackerman, Marc Ambinder and More…