Thursday, July 15, 2010

Read Friday's Washington Post!

Tomorow in the Washington Post Jerry Markon and Peter Finn have a blockbuster scoop.  They say Jay S. Bybee, a former top Bush Administration official said he "never approved some interrogation techniques that detainees say were used against them, including punching, kicking and dousings with cold water. Techniques his office did approve, such as waterboarding, or simulated drowning of terror suspects, were used excessively."

Jay S. Bybee denies authorizing some harsh interrogation techniques

Bybee wrote the memos giving sanction to harsh interrogation methods for George W. Bush.  Bybee is now a federal judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

John H. Durham, Esq. is the Assistant U.S. Attorney charged, acording to the Washington Post article, with scrutinizing the actions of CIA interrogators and contractors at "black site" prisons.  His plate just got a little fuller.

John Durham is one busy lawyer

There is a dispute among the lawyers as to whether those conducting the interviews had "Golden Shield" immunity from prosecution, according to the Washington Post. Without such immunity interrogators would have to get immunity on a case by case basis, which they apparently did not.

This is seriously sounding like War Crimes. Stay tuned.

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