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Sunday, April 19, 2009

NYT: Obama deserves credit for releasing the torture memos; now it's time to hold the Bush administration accountable

To the Bush administration, the Justice Department was nothing more than a private legal counsel--and one of its duties was to immunize torturers.

"To read the four newly released memos on prisoner interrogation written by George W. Bush’s Justice Department is to take a journey into depravity.

"Their language is the precise bureaucratese favored by dungeon masters throughout history. They detail how to fashion a collar for slamming a prisoner against a wall, exactly how many days he can be kept without sleep (11), and what, specifically, he should be told before being locked in a box with an insect — all to stop just short of having a jury decide that these acts violate the laws against torture and abusive treatment of prisoners."

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