Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nobody Did Nothin' - Not Yoo, Not Me, Not.... By-Bee

John Yoo and Jay Bybee have been cleared by Obama's DoJ of accusations that they violated professional standards in their advice to the Bush administration on matters of torture. This is particularly odd, since in December 2008, H, Marshall Jarrett, head of the Office of Professional Responsibility, came to the opposite conclusion in the same matter. From the above-linked article by Jason Leopold,

But as I reported last April, Obama's Justice Department appointees began to  water down those previous conclusions in early 2009 after OPR received responses on the report's conclusions from Yoo and Bybee, who both worked in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC):
Legal sources familiar with the internal debate about the draft report say OPR is in the process of "watering"- down the criticism of legal opinions by [OLC] lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee in 2002 and 2003 and by [OLC acting head Steven Bradbury], who in 2005 reinstated some of the Yoo-Bybee opinions after they had been withdrawn by Assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith when he headed the OLC in 2003 and 2004.
File under "things that make you go 'hmmm'" ... or maybe things that make you go 'holy shit, they're getting away with it!'"

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