Former leaders within the Department of Justice and DEA, including Michael Mukasey and Bill Bennet, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking them to defeat the Smarter Sentencing Act.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 16, 2014 7:47 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 31, 2014 2:40 pm|
As senators push to have at least parts of the completed study declassified (particularly what senators found in their investigation), the CIA refuses to accept that torture did not help the country hunt down bin Laden.
|By: emptywheel Friday July 1, 2011 10:06 am|
After the Osama bin Laden killing, Michael Mukasey rather shamelessly took the lead in claiming torture had some role in finding OBL. Unlike most of the other torture apologists, Mukasey was not complicit with the torture itself, but merely with the cover-up.
|By: emptywheel Friday May 13, 2011 6:04 am|
The most interesting aspect of Michael Mukasey’s retort to John McCain’s op-ed calling him a liar is not the content–that’s the same old trite sophism–but rather the publication details of it.
|By: emptywheel Thursday May 12, 2011 7:50 am|
John McCain has, on balance, a good op-ed in the Washigton Post refuting Michael Mukasey’s embrace of torture. McCain’s larger point is that our approach to the Arab Spring will have a key role in our ability to defeat terrorists, which is a point not being made vociferously enough.
|By: Peterr Saturday May 7, 2011 9:00 am|
Things were going along pretty well for the Bush Administration Apologists Alumni Association. Sure, they were out of their old offices, but things were good. Obama adopted their wars as his own, the economy has sputtered along long enough to have become (in the public’s mind) at least as much Obama’s fault as theirs (thus the cries of “deficits! deficits! deficits!” from those who launched us into two wars), and most of the BAAAA have landed in cushy lucrative new digs.
Then Obama had to ruin it by getting bin Laden. Suddenly, all the old discussions are back — at least as far as torture goes — and this has at least some of them very worried, like Michael Mukasey.
He should worry. A lot.
|By: emptywheel Sunday March 27, 2011 6:45 am|
The New York Times liberated the specific answer to a question that Russ Feingold asked in March 2009, but which the Department of Justice didn’t respond to until November 2010, when Feingold was a lame duck Senator. At issue were new investigative guidelines Attorney General Michael Mukasey issued in late 2008, on his way out the door, which allowed the FBI to investigate Americans for First Amendment reasons so long as that First Amendment reason was not the only reason they were being investigated.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday January 25, 2011 6:01 am|
Welcome to the next decade, when we finally get the report telling us what we knew back in 2007 when this investigation started, that Rove politicized the government.
|By: emptywheel Monday January 3, 2011 7:00 am|
It’s really time for either some consistency in the way the government pursues its war on terror violent extremism, or an admission that the war on terror has disintegrated into a war on those who oppose U.S. empire. The government is still investigating a bunch of peace activists for material support. And yet four prominent Republicans can offer the same kind of material support as the peace activists — but this time in service of war or U.S. hegemony or oil — with no similar consequences?
|By: emptywheel Saturday March 6, 2010 4:00 pm|