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Focus on the Family uses arguments from ‘torture memos’ author to blast Obama recess appointments

By | 01.06.12 | 7:01 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

CitizenLink, the Focus on the Family Christian news site based in Colorado Springs, Colo., weighed in Thursday on the latest political controversy winging out of Washington, D.C. The site reported that, in using “recess appointments” to fill three seats on the National Labor Relations Board and to place Richard Cordray More…

John Yoo Wins Battle of ‘The Daily Show’

By | 01.12.10 | 11:43 am

It’s a testament to Jon Stewart’s extraordinary abilities to speak sensibly in an age of insanity that we expect him to skewer knaves like John Yoo, the former Office of Legal Counsel torture advocate, who appeared on “The Daily Show” last night. Stewart has a great command of the facts More…

Surprise! John Yoo Believes in Broad Executive Powers

By | 01.04.10 | 7:42 pm

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo has been spewing his grandiose views on presidential power ever since leaving the Bush administration. So although his latest book, “Crisis And Command,” is an unusually ambitious 446-page historical survey of executive power from George Washington to George W. Bush, his More…

Religious Anti-Torture Group Urges Holder to Produce OPR Report

By | 12.11.09 | 2:54 pm

At the beginning of this month, I noted that Attorney General Eric Holder, despite an explicit promise to Congress to produce by the end of last month the much-awaited ethics report from the Office of Professional Responsibility on the work of Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted the so-called More…

DOJ Doubles Down in Its Defense of John Yoo

By | 12.04.09 | 11:13 am

Talk about getting a second bite of the apple. I’ve written before about the problem with the Department of Justice jumping in to defend a lawsuit charging that John Yoo was responsible for torture and abuse of “enemy combatant” Jose Padilla. Given that Yoo is the subject of 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?

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…

Rendition Case Tests FBI Immunity

By | 11.10.09 | 6:00 am

Twenty-four-year-old Amir Meshal, the son of Muslim immigrants from Egypt, was a lifelong resident of New Jersey when, after living briefly in Cairo with extended family members, in 2006 he decided to go to Somalia to study Islam and experience living under Islamic law. The country appeared to have stabilized More…

Documents Suggest DOD Failed to Probe Alleged War Crimes

By | 09.25.09 | 6:00 am

New documents obtained by TWI related to the case of Mohammed Jawad, an adolescent tortured by Afghan police and then abused again by U.S. interrogators, suggest that not only certain CIA interrogations, but interrogations by the Department of Defense demand a broader investigation as well.

Last month, Attorney More…