Bush Lawyer Said President Could Order Civilians to Be 'Massacred'

By Michael Isikoff

The chief author of the Bush administration's "torture memo" told Justice Department investigators that the president's war-making authority was so broad that he had the constitutional power to order a village to be "massacred," according to a report released Friday night by the Office of Professional Responsibility.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24820.htm



The Flailing Falsehoods of America's War Criminals

By Glenn Greenwald

I didn't think it was possible, but former Bush officials -- desperately fighting what they know will be their legacy as war criminals -- have become even more dishonest propagandists out of office than they were in office.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24830.htm

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Top Bush Adviser Defends Allowing President to Massacre, Nuke Civilians
//www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/02/23-1

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Torture bored

Slate
by Dahlia Lithwick

02/22/10

The rule of law requires that there be a floor. For decades most of us believed that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions was such a floor. Its bar against ‘[o]utrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment,’ was clearly meant to apply not just to POWs or battlefield soldiers in uniform but to all captives. Common Article 3 was intended to be the lowest we went, as Aziz Huq has written: ‘the point beyond which no nation can go without losing its claim to dignity and honor.’ But then along came the Bush lawyers, and they managed to saw into the floorboards. A sub-basement for prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo opened beneath us, and our dignity and honor disappeared into it...

//www.slate.com/id/2243737/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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National Archives, Watchdog Demand DOJ Probe Destruction of John Yoo's Emails

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "The National Archives and a watchdog group sent letters to the Justice Department (DOJ) Thursday demanding an investigation into the destruction of John Yoo's emails in the summer of 2002, when he and other government attorneys prepared and finalized legal memoranda for the CIA that redefined torture and authorized interrogators to brutalize war on terror detainees."

//www.truthout.org/national-archives-watchdog-demand-doj-probe-destruction-john-yoos-emails57202

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NYT supports disciplining Yoo & Bybee and posts piece saying US has 'empire'
//www.ufppc.org/us-a-world-news-mainmenu-35/9440/



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