Monday, February 20, 2006

Navy Lawyer Argued President Was Breaking the Law

According to the New York Times one of the Pentagon's top civilian lawyers repeatedly challenged the Bush administration's policy on the coercive interrogation of terror suspects, arguing that such practices violated the law, verged on torture and could ultimately expose senior officials to prosecution, a newly disclosed document shows.

We now see that there were lawyers within the military and the administration who vigorously protested about the legality and wisdom of the "coercive interrogation" (read torture) of terror suspects. Just as George Bush and Dick Cheney cherry-picked intelligence to support the decisions they had already made we now see that they cherry-picked legal opinions among their own lawyers.

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