Memo: Laws Didn't Apply to Interrogators - washingtonpost.com
The Justice Department sent a legal memorandum to the Pentagon in 2003 asserting that federal laws prohibiting assault, maiming and other crimes did not apply to military interrogators who questioned al-Qaeda captives because the president's ultimate authority as commander in chief overrode such statutes.
How in the world can the American people tolerate this behavior? It goes without saying that a chief executive doesn't get to pick and choose the laws he wishes to obey...
Didn't we impeach a president for ordering that laws be broken? Are people that afraid of terrorists that they don't even protest when a crumb like Bush inaugurates himself King and does as he pleases?
I don't care if there are only 2 days left in his presidency - congress must take action...
Of course it won't, so they are all culpable.
After a rebellion by military lawyers, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in December 2002 suspended a list of aggressive techniques he had approved, the most extreme of which were used on a single detainee at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Largely because of Yoo's memo, however, a Pentagon working group in April 2003 endorsed the continued use of extremely aggressive tactics. The top lawyers for each military service, who were largely excluded from the group, did not receive a final copy of Yoo's March memo and did not know about the group's final report for more than a year, officials said.
Thomas J. Romig, who was then the Army's judge advocate general, said yesterday after reading the memo that it appears to argue there are no rules in a time of war, a concept Romig found "downright offensive."
At least the military JAGs tried to do their jobs...What an utter disgrace for a nation that is supposed to be the example of the rule of law. Just scare a few people and all of that is out the window. We have become a truly pathetic people if we tolerate this behavior while enthralled with American Idol and iPods.