Last week, President Obama released four Bush-era legal memos authorizing torture. The earliest one, from 2002, was signed by Jay Bybee, then an Assistant Attorney General and now a federal judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In the memo, Bybee authorized CIA interrogators to, among other techniques:
-- Slam a detainee's head against a wall: "any pain experienced is not of the intensity associated with serious physical injury."
-- Slap a detainee's face: "The facial slap does not produce pain that is difficult to endure."
-- Place a detainee into stress positions: "They simply involve forcing the subject to remain in uncomfortable positions."
-- Waterboard a detainee: "The waterboard...inflicts no pain or actual harm whatsoever."
These techniques are illegal by U.S. statute and international treaty to which the U.S. is a signatory. Bybee attempted to give legal cover to illegal acts, and thus broke the ethical, professional, and legal standards that should govern lawyers. For this, Judge Jay Bybee should be impeached. Congress needs to assert some accountability for these heinous acts.
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