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Pressure Mounts on DOJ to Produce Missing E-Mails

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Pressure is growing on the Justice Department to produce supposedly "deleted" e-mails that could reveal whether government lawyers in the Bush administration were instructed to devise legal justifications for torture.

What We Need To Hear About the Torture Report

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the investigation into the Justice Department memos that authorized the torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the Bush administration.

Who Told Yoo To Do Those 'Bad Things'?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If White House officials were instructing the 'torture memo' authors to create legal justifications for a program those officials knew was likely illegal, then we have evidence of a high-level criminal conspiracy.

The OPR Report Is Only the Beginning

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The final OPR report is only the beginning. We still don't know who asked Yoo and Bybee to write these memos, what specific instructions they were given or if they were they pressured to reach a particular conclusion.

Spanish Judge Resumes Torture Case Against Six Senior Bush Lawyers

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Judge Baltasar Garzón is pressing ahead with a case against six senior Bush administration lawyers for implementing torture at Guantánamo.

Calling Out the Torture Enablers at St. Thomas Law School

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

As details emerged on Monday of CIA interrogators' abuse of prisoners involving mock executions, Law Professor Robert Delahunty quietly resumed teaching fall classes in Minneapolis.

Tortured Logic

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

2009-08-06-aclupull.jpgIn "Tortured Logic," a video released by the ACLU today, you'll hear well-known people like Oliver Stone, Rosie Perez and Philip Glass, read from those chilling Justice Department torture memos.

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

E-Mails Show How Cheney Forced DOJ Lawyers To Approve Torture

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three newly-disclosed Justice Department e-mails thoroughly vindicate the most cynical suspicions about how former vice president Dick Cheney bent ost...

Dawn Johnsen: Reid Says Another Obama Nominee May Be Blocked By GOP

Political Animal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moves to ease a backlog of executive branch nominations, he suggested on Tuesday that he does not have t...

Jay Bybee Stands By Bush Torture Memos: No Regrets

New York Times | NEIL A. LEWIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Judge Jay S. Bybee broke his silence on Tuesday and defended the conclusions of legal memorandums he had signed as a Bush administration lawyer that a...

Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces -- still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- this has been a rocky few weeks.

Correcting the Record on Dawn Johnsen's Record

Neil Kinkopf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neil Kinkopf

Dawn Johnsen is an outstanding choice to lead the Office of Legal Counsel. It is not surprising that her critics have resorted to basing their arguments on fiction.

The Tortured Logic of the Torture Superfans

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

If we can't protect ourselves with our morals intact, we don't deserve to be protected in the first place.

Impeach Bybee: The Growing Movement to Unseat Bush Torture Lawyer Turned Federal Judge

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

The UN has indicated that Obama's refusal to prosecute torturers may be a violation of International law.

Bush Memos Suggest Abuse Isn't Torture If a Doctor Is There

Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri Fink

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of the memos is their intimation that medical professionals conducted a form of research on the detainees, clearly without their consent.

Will Obama Block Release of Key Bush-era Torture Memos?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

As has been pointed out by journalists, human rights lawyers and critics, President Obama has continued -- and continues to defend -- some of the Bush administration's most repressive "War on Terror" policies.

A Fight That Matters

Kathleen Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Turner

If Republicans are able to prevent Dawn Johnsen from taking office, they'll have demonstrated an ability to block any nomination for the most craven, partisan reasons.

Republicans Go All Alice-in-Wonderland Over Dawn Johnsen Justice Nomination

David Latt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Latt

So Senator Cornyn's attack is based on...what? Because Johnsen repudiated the Bush administration's legal opinions, that proves she lacks "requisite seriousness."

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: March 2, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Poor Samuel J. "Joe the 'Plumber'" Wurzelbacher! In town to deliver some plumbing lectures at CPAC, he also made a brief appearance at an area Borders...

Obama Hires Another Lawyer Who Battled Bush's Secrecy

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To my mind, one of the more interesting storylines unfolding right now is President Obama's ongoing appointment to the Office of Legal Counsel of lawy...

100 Days: Obama's Office of Legal Counsel Staffed With Prominent Opponents Of Torture

Washington Monthly | Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's encouraging, then, to know who'll be sitting in John Yoo's office for the foreseeable future. A Georgetown source forwards over an email fro...

Obama Team Faces Major Task In Justice Dept Overhaul

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a transition team for the Obama administration begins work on a Justice Department overhaul, the key question is where to begin. Political consid...

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...

Sen. Whitehouse Reveals Secret Justice Dept. Memos: Bush Determines What Is Constitutional

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This morning, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) delivered an impassioned floor speech to help frame the debate over FISA reform. Using his privilege as a...