Memorandum for Alberto R. Gonzales. Counsel to the the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or. Jay Bybee — who signed off on waterboarding as a Justice Department lawyer — ruled last week that the government should be immune from. When we talk today of the “torture memos,” most of us think about the Perhaps Jay S. Bybee himself, inexplicably rewarded for his role in the.

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It provides case law supporting its position of the executive bybee to conduct war. Jeffrey May 10, Archived from the original on July 21, Cambragranting habeas corpus to the defendant by a vote.

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted habeas corpus based on ineffective assistance of counsel and faulty jury instructions, and noted that there was support for Lankford’s theory that his brother committed the murders in question. On January 10,in an en banc decision, Judge Bybee wrote the opinion for the majority in the case of Smith v. Views Read Edit View history.

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Craighead, the Ninth Circuit Court mmeo Appeals held that the defendant’s rights had been violated when he was interrogated in his own home without first being read his Miranda rights. Reuben Clark Law School in In that case, James Smith sought to have a case heard in federal court which he had previously brought in a tribal court. The memo closes this section reminding the reader of the refusal of the U.

Retrieved 22 December International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. Also at this alternative link Archived at the Wayback Machine.

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Archived from the original on April 29, Bybee Nomination to 9th Circuit Court”. In his column in the Los Angeles Times Scheer wrote, “Was it as a reward for such bold legal thinking that only months later Bybee was appointed to one of the top judicial benches in the country? Democratic Senator Charles Schumer noted that he supported Bybee’s confirmation specifically because the judge’s conservative views would help to moderate “the most liberal court in the country. Bybee Nomination to OLC”.


The first part says that the advice provided in this memorandum applies only to the facts at hand regarding Abu Zubaydahand that the conclusions of the memorandum may change given different facts. Those missing e-mail messages came during a period when two of the critical interrogation memos were being prepared.

However, disclosures had to be reported to a judge, and everyone receiving the information had to be told of its confidentiality. Following accounts of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq, one of the memos was leaked to the press in June Try it and you’ll see. They were repudiated by President Barack Obama on January 22,shortly after he took office. The memo notes that in the reservation, the U.

Bybee signed mdmo legal memorandum which endorsed ” enhanced interrogation techniques ” as lawful.

Torture Memos

torturee Part five of the memo analyzes constitutional law as to whether the statute passed by Congress infringes on the powers of the president to conduct war, and concludes that it is unconstitutional. House of Representatives House Committee on the Judiciary. It states specifically that the nation was “in the middle of a war in which the nation [had] already suffered a direct attack”, and that limiting interrogations would encroach on the president’s ability to prevent future attacks.

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Retrieved 18 January Archived from the original PDF on Near the end of the Bush administration, Bradbury signed two memoranda for the files, explaining that during his tenure, OLC had determined that certain legal propositions previously stated in ten OLC opinions issued between and concerning executive power in the War on Terror no longer reflected the views of OLC.

The FBI uses the information to open an assessment of the activists and to put the grand jury witness under physical surveillance as a prelude to pressuring him to become an FBI informant. We cannot predict the political actions of international institutions. Sawyera seminal case on the powers of the Executive in times of war. Accessed September 5, This interpretation of the Geneva Convention was sent in memos, despite objections by attorneys and the Secretary of the Department of State, [13] [14] on January 9,[15] January 22,[16] February 1,[17] and again on February 7, It also emphasizes that the individual inflicting such pain must have “specific intention to inflict severe pain or suffering”.


Retrieved 17 April Another Tortured Memo from Jay Bybee. Garden City, New York: In effect, the CIA was asking for an interpretation of the statutory term of “torture” as defined in 18 U. It concludes that torture does not include “other acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” because such language is found in a different article than the definition of torture, and because it appears that the convention does not intend to criminalize such action, but instead discourage it.

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Retrieved April 22, Part six of the memo is titled “Defenses” and concludes that “under the current circumstances, necessity or self-defense may justify interrogation methods that might violate Section A. Torture Report Live Blog”. Part two of this memorandum goes into great detail how the techniques described in part one will be applied in Abu Zubaydah ‘s case. Reflecting afterward on the Torture Memos as a cautionary tale, Goldsmith wrote in his memoir:.

It discusses the language of the torture statute 18 U.