Monday, February 01, 2010

Oh, Yeah, More of That Change

The men who advised former President Bush to waterboard detainees and deprive them of sleep will be cleared of charges of professional misconduct by a Justice Department ethics report.

The report, which has yet to be released, states that Jay Bybee, now a federal appellate court judge, and John Yoo, now a law professor, showed "poor judgment," but will not face legal action for their advocacy of harsh interrogation tactics.

Previously, the probe concluded that the two men violated professional obligations, meaning Yoo could be barred from practicing law and Bybee could be impeached.

Now, not so much.


The winds began to turn for Yoo when attorneys with the Obama administration filed a brief arguing against prosecution. The brief states that because Yoo was giving advice to the president on a national security matter, Yoo should not be held accountable for his actions as it would have a chilling effect on advice provided to future presidents.


"These memos include everything that a petty despot would want," [Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan] Turley said.

  Raw Story

Well, I always saw W as a petty despot, but I’ve tended to think of Obama as – you know. Could President Irrelevant actually be aiming at despotism?

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