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Declassified Docs Reveal Pentagon Ignored FBI’s Warnings on Abusive Interrogations

By | 11.07.09 | 7:05 pm

The Justice Department released more documents — or, at least, less-redacted documents — late Friday to the American Civil Liberties Union as part of the government’s obligation in a pending Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

These latest documents provide a glimpse of the early struggles between the FBI and the More…

DOJ Advice on Sleep Deprivation Varied Widely

By | 09.03.09 | 9:07 am

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Among the many revelations in the CIA inspector general’s report released last week is this curious fact: the CIA did not have a coherent or consistent policy about the use and legality of sleep deprivation as an interrogation tactic. And it was More…

Memos Suggest Legal Cherry-Picking in Justifying Torture

By | 08.27.09 | 6:00 am

On the same day that the government produced the 2004 CIA inspector general’s report on interrogations, it also turned over seven more memos and letters from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. The memos released on Monday were the Justice Department’s legal justifications for continuing to use those controversial More…

Controversy Intensifies Over Rumors of Holder’s Possible Interrogation Abuse Prosecutions

By | 07.27.09 | 3:27 pm

The Washington Post’s editorial today arguing for prosecution only of “those who went well beyond the often-extreme measures authorized by the [Office of Legal Counsel] memos” that justified abusive interrogations is calling more attention to the rumor, first reported by Daniel Klaidman in Newsweek, that Attorney General Eric Holder More…

Some Bush-Era Legal Memoranda For Surveillance Still In Place

By | 07.13.09 | 8:45 am

Here’s some clarity on a post I wrote Friday. I wondered what Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) meant when he called on President Obama to withdraw certain Justice Department legal memoranda that remain operative. Which memoranda? Apparently some from President George W. Bush’s second term are still in place.

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Justice Department to Release Ethics Report on Bush OLC Lawyers in ‘Matter of Weeks’

By | 06.17.09 | 1:04 pm

Asked this morning when the Justice Department plans to release the highly-anticipated report by its internal ethics office regarding the conduct and legal conclusions of Bush administration Office of Legal Counsel lawyers, such as John Yoo and Steven Bradbury, Holder said they are “pretty close to getting their report More…

Ratner: Judiciary Subcommittee Should Subpoena OLC Emails

By | 05.07.09 | 8:45 am

After Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and his Judiciary subcommittee officially announced its intent to hold a hearing on the Office of Legal Counsel torture memos next week, I asked Michael Ratner, the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and author of “The Prosecution of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution More…

A Torture Mystery

By | 04.29.09 | 6:00 am

Hidden in plain sight in the Office of Legal Counsel memos on the CIA interrogation is a mystery: How did the “enhanced interrogation” technique of sleep deprivation come to depend on stress positions?

Somehow, between 2002 and 2005, CIA interrogators began using what the International Committee of the Red Cross More…

The More You’re Waterboarded, the Less Like Torture It Is

By | 04.27.09 | 12:46 pm

According to Andy McCarthy, senior fellow at the National Review Institute, the idea of calling waterboarding torture is just silly. And the fact that Khalid Sheikh Mohamed was waterboarded 183 times just reinforces how ridiculous calling it “torture” really is.

As he said on a conference call with reporters organized More…

Obama Open to Congressional Investigation of Torture Policies

By | 04.21.09 | 1:19 pm

Although he’s not calling it “torture” anymore, according to Greg Sargent at The Plum Line, President Obama on Tuesday said that he is not opposed to a bipartisan investigation on Capitol Hill of Bush administration officials who devised those torturous tactics.

The president has publicly opposed More…