The Senate MUST impeach Judge Jay Bybee

The newly released torture memos mean the Senate MUST take immediate action: They must impeach Judge Jay Bybee.

He is unfit to serve on any court, let alone the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. The Senate voted to put this monster in a lifetime position and only the Senate can remove him.

How a majority of Senator who knew about these accusation ahead of his confirmation hearing were still willing to vote for his approval in the first place, is beyond my limited comprehension.

It is now time for the Senate to correct this grave mistake and impeach Judge Jay Bybee.

No matter what kind of monster he is, if anyone still believes that it was OK for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to be waterboarded 183 Times in one month -- something Judge Jay Bybee helped greenlight with his depraved road map outlined in these memos-- than there is something as wrong with them as there is with him.

From the NY Times:

To read the four newly released memos on prisoner interrogation written by George W. Bush’s Justice Department is to take a journey into depravity.


In one of the more nauseating passages, Jay Bybee, then an assistant attorney general and now a federal judge, wrote admiringly about a contraption for waterboarding that would lurch a prisoner upright if he stopped breathing while water was poured over his face. He praised the Central Intelligence Agency for having doctors ready to perform an emergency tracheotomy if necessary.

These memos are not an honest attempt to set the legal limits on interrogations, which was the authors’ statutory obligation. They were written to provide legal immunity for acts that are clearly illegal, immoral and a violation of this country’s most basic values.


These memos make it clear that Mr. Bybee is unfit for a job that requires legal judgment and a respect for the Constitution. Congress should impeach him. And if the administration will not conduct a thorough investigation of these issues, then Congress has a constitutional duty to hold the executive branch accountable. If that means putting Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales on the stand, even Dick Cheney, we are sure Americans can handle it.

After eight years without transparency or accountability, Mr. Obama promised the American people both. His decision to release these memos was another sign of his commitment to transparency. We are waiting to see an equal commitment to accountability.

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