Bush Secret Torture Powers Need Public Purge

10/09/2007 12:02 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Anyone who doesn't get their news through an IV drip from Fox or Rush Limbaugh knows, thanks to The New York Times, that George W. Bush has been secretly obtaining legal opinions that condone torture while publicly abiding by an opinion of former Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004 that forbids it.

Last week, the Times, in a 3,000-word investigative piece, recounted interviews with attorneys in and out of the Justice Department revealing that Bush solicited two legal opinions contradicting public policy on torture.

The opinions allow simulated drowning, freezing temperatures, blows to the head and other techniques on anyone rounded up as a suspected terrorist, however random and mistake-prone the round up, and however unlikely it is that the suspect knows anything.

These secret opinions are operative to this day, even though contradicted by two subsequent pieces of legislation -- the Detainee Treatment Act and Military Commissions Act -- and a Supreme Court ruling that Article III of the Geneva Conventions applies to American detainees....

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