Bush Torture Lawyers Cleared by Obama’s Justice Department

Saturday, February 20, 2010

President Obama’s Justice Department ruled Friday that the lawyers who authorized CIA interrogators to use illegal and unconstitutional waterboarding are not guilty of professional misconduct. However, the ruling did admit the lawyers showed “poor judgment.”

Although the Obama administration abolished the technique, the Justice Department was responsible for deciding if those who worked for former President George W. Bush should be punished. An initial review concluded that two former government lawyers, John Yoo and Jay Bybee, had committed professional misconduct, but Assistant Deputy Attorney General David Margolis disagreed after re-examining the case.

However, Margolis was quick to note that “This decision should not be viewed as an endorsement of the legal work that underlies those memorandum.” Equally stunning, the Obama Justice Department did not recommend either Yoo or Bybee lose their law licenses — thus allowing them to continue to practice law.

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11 Responses to Bush Torture Lawyers Cleared by Obama’s Justice Department

  1. Brigadoon says:

    It should be fairly obvious what would make the Obama DoJ give Yoo or Bybee a “pass.” This is nothing more than a cynical case of CYA. Obama is buttering the bread on both sides so no one will come after him once he’s out of office.

  2. JollyRoger says:

    Or maybe the Chimpy humpers know things about people in the Government that would make it extremely uncomfortable for them should they ever go after the Rein of Error.

    I believe that Elliot Spitzer is a dumbass, but I also believe that his outing was meant to be a message for other people about what happens to you if you become a “crusader.”

  3. Seabec says:

    Not to worry. Sen. Patrick Leahy plans some spirited political theater next week.

    He will direct the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing to examine the Justice Department’s report. Wonder how much this will cost tax payers.

    Better to hold useless hearings when the Congress can’t do anything about 12% unemployment.

  4. Rachel says:

    At very least, Yoo or Bybee should suffer the same fate as Alberto Gonzales and lose the privilege to practice law. But, that would be moral and proper and require leadership. Something in short supply from the Obama administration.

  5. libhomo says:

    Obama has as little respect for the rule of law as Bush.

  6. R.J. says:

    Nothing the Obama administration does or doesn’t do surprises me anymore.

  7. Fran says:

    Anyone else finding Change they can believe in??

  8. Estacada says:

    If Obama’s Justice Dept. refuses to prosecute the torture boys who worked for Bush, then I think we can safely conclude that any hopes of prosecuting Dick Cheney — who has said in the record that he gave orders to torture, will ever be faced down by a lawyer.

    At this level, the power brokers protect one another out of the need to survive another day. And what does this ultimately mean?

    It means our Constitution is a joke.

  9. VicoDANIEL says:

    Obama’s Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute John Yoo and Jay Bybee amounts to ramming a sword into the heart of everything this nation is supposed to stand for.

    Keep in mind that John Yoo argued President George W. Bush’s commander-in-chief powers were so sweeping that he could willfully order the massacre of civilians, destroy a village or town and everyone in it, yet Yoo’s culpability in Bush administration abuses was deemed “poor judgment,” not a violation of “professional standards?

    I will say it once and not again: I have lost all hope for the Obama administration and frankly, I have joined the 52% of Americans who do not think Obama deserves to be reelected in 2012.


  10. Bush was the most pathatic President of American history, I do appreciate B. Obama whose justice department give the relief to the lawyers who were tortured.

  11. Guys… guys, our democracy doesn’t looks like it seems to work so good lately. I wonder sometimes if socialist and communist countries are pointing the the US. We start to become like a 3rd world nation nowadays …

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