4.29.2009

EXCUSES: Jay Bybee Defends Signing Torture Memos

And, the NY Times still refuses to use the word "torture" (either in the headlines or in their description of the act) despite the fact that nearly everyone else already has.

From the NY Times:

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 allowed use of torture on suspected terrorists.

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Judge Bybee said he was issuing a statement following reports that he had regrets over his role in the memorandums, including an article in The Washington Post on Saturday to that effect. Given the widespread criticism of the memorandums, he said he would have done some things differently, like clarifying and sharpening the analysis of some of his answers to help the public better understand the basis for his conclusions.

But he said: “The central question for lawyers was a narrow one; locate, under the statutory definition, the thin line between harsh treatment of a high-ranking Al Qaeda terrorist that is not torture and harsh treatment that is. I believed at the time, and continue to believe today, that the conclusions were legally correct.”

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(my word/emphasis)

UPDATE: Leahy invites Bybee to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee.

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