Former AG Gonzales to teach at Texas Tech

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Is Texas harboring the torture decider?

Freedom's Phoenix
by Ray McGovern

07/07/09

Seldom does a crime scene have so clear a smoking gun. A two-page presidential memorandum of Feb. 7, 2002, leaves no room for uncertainty regarding the ‘decider’ on torture. His broad-stroke signature made torture official policy. This should come as no surprise. You see, the Feb. 7, 2002, memorandum has been posted on the Web since June 22, 2004, when then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales mistakenly released it, along with other White House memoranda. The title seemed innocent enough — ‘Humane Treatment of al Qaeda and Taliban Detainees’ — but in the body of the memo President George W. Bush authorized his senior aides to withhold Geneva Convention protections from suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees. Like Shakespeare, the media seem harshest on the lawyers, including Texans Gonzales and William J. Haynes II (Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s lawyer), who later outdid themselves trying to make torture legal. What gets lost in the woodwork is this: Banal as their ex-post-facto ‘justification’ for torture was, the lawyers were not the deciders...

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