5.13.2009

Sen. Says Yoo/Bybee Fixed Law Around Bush's Torture Policy

From Public Record's William Fisher:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse accused the Bush administration today of perpetuating a "near avalanche of falsehood" on the subject of detainee treatment. He said the Department of Justice "bastardized" the law so the Bush administration could torture prisoners that did not result in any actionable intelligence. He demanded accountability.

"We were told that waterboarding was determined to be legal, but were not told how badly the law was ignored, bastardized and manipulated by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel nor were we told how furiously government and military lawyers rejected the defective OLC opinions," Whitehouse said.

“An ethical train wreck” was the phrase used by one witness to describe the legal reasoning behind the Justice Department’s recently released memos justifying the use of waterboarding and other forms of “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

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