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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?

Judges Aren’t the Only Confirmations Being Held Up

By | 10.16.09 | 12:17 pm

The Washington Post’s story today about liberals who are frustrated that the Obama administration isn’t pressing harder to win confirmation for liberal-leaning judges to the federal courts should also serve as a reminder that there are a whole lot of key Justice Department posts still not confirmed yet, 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…

John Yoo Faces Back-to-School Welcome at Berkeley

By | 08.18.09 | 11:12 am

John Yoo should be fired, disbarred and prosecuted for war crimes, according to anti-war activists who greeted the University of California at Berkeley law professor when he returned to Boalt Hall, the law school where he has tenure, on Monday.

Yoo, of course, is the author of the infamous “torture More…

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…

DOJ Doesn’t Let ‘War on Terror’ Whistleblowers Comment on Professionalism Reports

By | 05.06.09 | 5:42 pm

Interesting fact about the soon-to-be-declassified report from the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility on the propriety of the Bush-era torture advocates at the department: while the office has gone out of its way to accommodate former Office of Legal Counsel officials John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Steven Bradbury, More…

Durbin and Whitehouse Raise Concerns About Pending OPR Report

By | 05.05.09 | 6:49 pm

More than a year ago, Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill..) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate the conduct of lawyers at the Office of Legal Counsel, whose work provided legal justifications for waterboarding and other abusive interrogation tactics.

Since then, the two senators More…

Bush Officials Lobbying to Soften DOJ Ethics Report on Torture Memos

By | 05.05.09 | 3:20 pm

Former Bush administration officials are urging the Justice Department to soften the criticisms contained in an ethics report examining the work of the lawyers who justified torture and other harsh interrogation techniques, reports The Washington Post.

According to two anonymous sources, lawyers for the subjects of the investigation — More…

SERE, CIA, and Stress Positions as Sleep Deprivation

By | 04.29.09 | 3:39 pm

So in my piece today I wondered how it could be that the CIA could come to view stress positions as a mechanism to induce sleep deprivation in detainees. The obvious culprit is the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) program, because in the May 10, 2005 “techniques” memo, 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…