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And, yes, I DO take it personally: Another Friday night document dump, this one officially letting the legal justifiers of torture off the hook [UPDATE - Another Conyers p.r. stunt?]
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Another Friday night document dump, this one officially letting the legal justifiers of torture off the hook [UPDATE - Another Conyers p.r. stunt?]

accountability...? it's just a god-damned word on a piece of paper... we don't need any ste-e-e-eenkin' accountability...
Bush administration lawyers who wrote memos that paved the way for waterboarding of terrorism suspects and other harsh interrogation tactics "exercised poor judgment" but will not face discipline for their actions, according to long-awaited Justice Department documents released Friday.

The decision represents the end of a five-year internal battle and flatly rejects recommendations by the department's ethics investigators. They had twice urged that allegations against John C. Yoo and Jay S. Bybee be sent to state disciplinary authorities for further action, including the possible revocation of their licenses to practice law.

so, against the recommendations of the doj's own ethics investigators, those who labored mightily to offer legal cover for unconstitutional and criminal actions by employees of our government are declared to be above the law by the self-same chain of command - albeit with a few different players - that supervised them in the first place... is this a great country or what...?


during the bush administration, i watched conyers grandstand on accountability issues time after time with absolutely no results... if i wasn't so cynical about him and any moves toward real accountability, i might be encouraged by something like this... as things stand now, no... i see it as only an empty gesture, carefully calculated to gain headlines...
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has announced that he plans to hold House Judiciary Committee hearings on the Bush administration lawyers whose legal memos justified the use of torture on terrorism detainees.

Conyers' announcement Friday follows the release of a report by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility which criticizes lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee for "poor judgment" but concludes that their actions did not rise to the level of professional misconduct.

this is the political equivalent of cock-teasing...

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