Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Of all the patriotic zealots at the Office of Legal Counsel who helped the Bush Administration undertake its torture policies immediately following the terror attacks on America, perhaps the person least likely to deserve sympathy today is Jay S. Bybee. After signing off on fellow lawyer John Yoo's infamous torture memos in 2002, but before those dubious documents became known to the world in 2004, Bybee was promoted by President George W. Bush from the counsel's office to a judgeship with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He presides there now, enrobed and life-tenured, with only the...
not in system - AOL News
WASHINGTON (Feb. 20) -- The Justice Department is closing the books on its probe of the Bush administration lawyers whose legal memorandums authorized the CIA to waterboard terrorism suspects, but the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he remains offended by the memos and will hold hearings
An internal review said the department lawyers showed "poor judgment" but did not commit professional misconduct in giving CIA interrogators the go-ahead at the height of the U.S. war on terrorism to use harsh interrogation tactics.
President Barack Obama campaigned on abolishing...
David Knowles - AOL News
(Jan. 12) -- If fans of "The Daily Show" had hoped that host Jon Stewart would score an unqualified knockout in his run-in with Monday night's guest, former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo, they may have been disappointed.
Yoo's interview with Stewart -- whose sometimes lacerating interviews of politicians and right-leaning media personalities have made him a hero to many liberals -- had been greatly anticipated. Something like a comeuppance was close for the man who had authored the so-called torture memos that provided legal justification for enhanced interrogation techniques like...
Frances Tobin - Politics Daily
The University of California-Berkeley and its hometown are defined in many ways by activism and lively debate: The Free Speech Movement, the People's Park protest and Vietnam War protests all happened here. Recent demonstrations include the contentious debate over the $500 million BP/UC Berkeley partnership, the "showdown" over a Marine Corps recruiting station in downtown Berkeley, and the 21-month stand-off between tree-sitters and university officials over the contested construction of a new athletic complex....
Tommy Christopher - Politics Daily
On Monday, the Obama administration released 9 memos that bring into clearer focus the powers claimed by Bush administration lawyers. The memos claim, for the President, authority that stops just short of the right of primo nocte, although I can't be sure that wasn't covered in one of Bush's umpteen-zillion signing statements. From the New York Times:Some of the positions had previously become known from statements of Bush administration officials in response to court challenges and Congressional inquiries. But taken together, the opinions disclosed Monday were the clearest illustration to...