Report finds “torture memo” authors were clouded by ideology

File this one under “You Don’t Say!”:

“I fear that John Yoo’s loyalty to his own ideology and convictions clouded his view of his obligation to his client [President Bush] and led him to author opinions that reflected his own extreme, albeit sincerely held, views of executive power.”

That was Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis in a recently issued report on the infamous “torture memos.” The report found that Yoo and Jay Bybee, two of the Justice Department members that authored the memo justifying so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, exercised “poor judgment” in their opinion.

However, Yoo and Bybee were cleared of any official misconduct and will not be disbarred or otherwise reprimanded.

The reports were issued by the Office of Professional Responsibility, which acts as the Justice Department watchdog. Perhaps in the future the OPR can perform its watchdog function sometime earlier than eight years after the fact. Y’know, because these sort of things might have some important ramifications in the meantime.

P.S. Flipping through the actual memos, I noticed that, in addition to the more extreme “techniques,” the memo also authorizes some favorite schoolyard moves like “pink belly” (although the DOJ calls it “abdomen slap”). I didn’t see any references to “stop hitting yourself” or “Indian burn,” though. What I’m trying to say is this led me to a Wikipedia List of School Pranks.

P.P.S. According to the list, alternate names for a titty twister include: “nipple twist,” “ruby booby,” “tweak,” “nipple gripple,” “titty twister,” or a “(purple) nurple,” “purple Herbie” or “diddy nip.”


1 Response to “Report finds “torture memo” authors were clouded by ideology”

  1. 1 cholm725
    February 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Moral of the story?

    I’m not sure which way to go. It’s either, “Do whatever you want so long as you have powerful friends” or something like “Accountability: It will eventually happen, but nothing will really change”.

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