Dear Judge Hellerstein: Ask About the OLC Torture Documents, Too

By: Monday January 17, 2011 6:15 am

Our Justice Department is not even being held to the very low standard that our nation’s spooks are.

 

Torture? Check. Covering Up Torture? Check. Rule of Law? Nope.

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 5:15 pm

I think it was the timing of the end of the torture investigation that hurts most of all. Just days ago, Harold Koh was boasting of the Durham investigation to the UN. Then Bush started his dog and pony show, including his proud admission to have ordered up torture. All of which made today’s announcement, that no one will be charged for covering up evidence of torture, almost anti-climactic.

Of course no one will be charged for destroying the evidence of torture! Our country has spun so far beyond holding the criminals who run our country accountable that even the notion of accountability for torture was becoming quaint and musty while we waited and screamed for some kind of acknowledgment that Durham had let the statute of limitations on the torture tape destruction expire. I doubt they would have even marked the moment–yet another criminal investigation of the Bush Administration ending in nothing–it if weren’t for the big stink bmaz has been making. Well, maybe that’s not right–after all, Bob Bennett was bound to do a very public victory lap, because that’s what he’s paid for.

Waters Ethics Case Has Porter Goss (!) Arguing on Other Side

By: Monday August 2, 2010 5:15 pm

Basically, we have a he said/she said situation here in regards to Rep. Maxine Water’s ethics charges, though the evidence militates in favor of Waters. And it’s important to remember that the “he said” in this case is, among others, Porter Goss.

Jay Rockefeller Asked for Torture Tape Report Prior to Destruction

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 12:40 pm

In May 2005, Rockefeller asked John Helgerson for McPherson’s report. Then in September 2005, Rockefeller asked Porter Goss for the report directly. And Porter Goss–the guy who was actively considering destroying the torture tapes in July 2005 and who ultimately applauded Rodriguez’ success in destroying them–completely blew off Rockefeller’s request.

The AP’s “Most Complete Published Account” that Leaves Out Torture

By: Monday July 26, 2010 4:00 pm

There is a great deal of evidence that Jose Rodriguez knew as early as September 6, 2002 that he needed to destroy evidence of the torturers exceeding the guidelines set in DC. According to anyone’s definition, that means Rodriguez knew years before he had the tapes destroyed he was destroying evidence of torture, even by Jay Bybee’s and possibly John Yoo’s measure.

Yet the AP — in their “most complete published account” — doesn’t even mention that torture?

Briefing Congress and Destroying Torture Tapes

By: Monday June 14, 2010 4:15 pm

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been weeding through the documents released under FOIA to Judicial Watch last week. I think they suggest there’s a much closer relationship between the CIA misrepresentations on Congressional Briefings and the destruction of the torture tapes than we’ve known before.

CIA Changed the Pelosi Briefing Description after Deciding to Destroy Torture Tapes

By: Monday June 14, 2010 8:54 am

I’m working on some deep weeds for a post later on Monday (hopefully). But as a preliminary to them, I wanted to point out a minor–but very critical–bit of timing. As I pointed out in the comments to this thread, someone (I’ll show in my new weedy post why it might be then-Counterterrorism Center Legal [...]

House Intelligence Staffer Tried to Intervene on Illegal Wiretap Program

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 8:30 am

Scott Shane and Eric Lichtblau tell a sort of weird story of how a House Intelligence Committee staffer, Diane Roark, tried to reach out to William Rehnquist to get him to review Dick Cheney’s illegal wiretapping program.

Jose Rodriguez Provided Misleading CIA Briefing to Goss and Pelosi on Abu Zubaydah’s Waterboarding

By: Monday June 7, 2010 3:10 pm

We knew that the briefing CIA gave Porter Goss and Nancy Pelosi on Abu Zubaydah’s torture on September 4, 2002 was misleading in that CIA did not tell the House Intelligence leadership that it had already tortured Abu Zubaydah. CIA told Goss and Pelosi about waterboarding, but spoke of it as a technique that might hypothetically be used in the future, not something that had been used 83 times on one detainee the prior month. Today we learn that it was Jose Rodriguez who provided this misleading briefing.

Did the White House Review CIA’s Records on Congressional Briefings?

By: Sunday April 18, 2010 8:30 am

A month ago, I wrote a post noting that CIA had never finished its Memos for the Record of several key Congressional briefings. But as I’ve been reviewing old Vaughn Indices to get a better sense of what we received yesterday, I’ve seen some details that raise new questions about CIA’s use of Congressional briefings.

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