Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Torture memo author now a federal appellate judge

I noticed this last week, and it's finally getting limited media play, but the main author of one of the memos arguing torture is legal, Jay Bybee, has since been appointed, for life, as an appellate court judge in the Ninth Circuit, which covers the western third of the United States.

One aspect of the torture memo scandal I thought had been missed is the poor-but-frightening quality of legal advice being generated by the Bush administration. Now the source of that legal reasoning has been placed in a position of power for the rest of his life. Thank you, George Bush, and thank you, Ralph "No Significant Difference Between Democrats and Republicans" Nader. As a lawyer, Nader should know better.

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