Days after Taguba Reported Sadistic Criminal Abuse at Abu Ghraib, DOD Asked to Use More Torture Methods

By: Monday March 8, 2010 6:07 am

On March 13, 2004, Jack Goldsmith and Patrick Philbin went to Jim Comey’s house on a Saturday to alert him of something. The military had contacted Goldsmith, wanting to use a more extreme form of torture against a detainee–something like isolation, waterboarding, water dousing, or death threats.* But, as Goldsmith had told DOD General Counsel Jim Haynes the previous December, the March 2003 opinion Yoo wrote that authorized DOD’s use of such techniques was hopelessly flawed. Goldsmith wanted to explain the flaws of the memo to Comey to get his support for withdrawing the memo. Comey, who was then acting Attorney General (since John Ashcroft was in the ICU with pancreatitis), agreed with Goldsmith’s judgment and–the OPR Report explains–later got John Ashcroft to agree that “any problems with the analysis should be corrected.”


David Margolis: Hatchet Man for Holder/Obama on OPR Torture Memos Report

By: Saturday January 30, 2010 12:00 pm

The involvement of Margolis in defanging the OPR report is perhaps not an incidental fact.
The role of Margolis, and the man himself, deserve a closer look. It does not take long to see that 40+ year DoJ veteran David Margolis has some skeletons in his closet, and that his track record is not unblemished.

Light at the End of the Tunnel for Dawn Johnsen’s OLC Confirmation?

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 3:50 pm

Dawn Johnsen going to come up for a vote after the health care bill is finshed. Heaven help the GOP if they try to stall on the floor of the Senate. The OPR report on the Yoo and ByBee memos will be out by then and available for use as a cudgel if the GOP tries to burn floor time and run out the clock.

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