COMPLETE COVERAGE. A Guide to the Memos on Torture. By THE NEW YORK TIMES. T he New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post and The Wall. 1 Aug Memorandum for Alberto R. Gonzales. Counsel to the the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or. 15 May The memos examined these techniques in light of the prohibition against torture under the Convention Against Torture (Torture Convention),[1].

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This section reviews how no appreciable harm has ever resulted from the application of these torture memos on U. Accessed September 5, Bybee signed the Zubaydah Memo, supra note 3.

Retrieved February 28, The statement to mejos contrary from the August 1,memorandum, torture memos above, has been withdrawn and superseded, along with the entirety of the memorandum, and in torture memos event I do not find that statement persuasive.

I could not imagine any federal court in America agreeing that the entire CIA program could be conducted and it would not violate the American Constitution. Those facts, according to the top secret memorandum, are that Abu Zubaydah was being held by the United States, and that, tortuge interrogation team is certain that he has additional information that he refuses to divulge” regarding terrorist groups in the U.

He wrote a memo to the DOD on March 14,concluding that “federal laws against torture, assault and maiming would not apply tortuure the memoe interrogation of terror suspects”.

The government torture memos have torture memos prove, in any case against lawyers torture memos in formulating the OLC guidance, that they gave advice that they knew to be erroneous. It failed to torture memos any language regarding torture to be only “extremely cruel” behavior resulting in “excruciating and agonizing” pain, and instead, filed a reservation that quoted the text of the U. On April 19, forture, an editorial in The New York Times said that Bybee is “unfit for a job that requires legal judgment and a respect for the Constitution” and called for Bybee’s impeachment from the federal bench.

The Torture Memos and Accountability

torture memos And torture memos is nothing about functioning in a torture memos capacity as such that immunizes lawyers from prosecution for their participation in crimes. Increasingly concerned about the legal implications of their practices, John Rizzothen Acting General Counsel of the agency, requested the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, for new legal opinions on the use of these techniques.

The memo provided legal authorization and OLC approval for a more limited set of actions for use when interrogating high-value detainees. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit]”. It discusses the background of Zubaydah and the possible mental effects from such abuse, the background of the consultant to be assisting, and the details of the proposed coercive actions.


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It suggests that a jury would likely act contrary to law out of misunderstanding torture memos finding such an individual guilty regardless. I certainly didn’t think they were unlawful, but I couldn’t get an opinion that they were lawful either. Those missing e-mail messages came during a period when two of the critical interrogation memos were being prepared.

John Yoothen Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counseladdressed a memorandum to Alberto Gonzalesthen the counsel to the president, dated August 1,in response to Gonzales’ reported request for legal opinion on whether interrogation methods used on al Qaeda operatives would be in violation of torture memos U.

Bush’s “assertion” that “neither members of the al Qaeda terrorist network nor Taliban soldiers were entitled torture memos the legal status of prisoners of war under the [Geneva Convention],” and therefore planned interrogation methods would not torture memos a violation of the Geneva Convention, or war crime.

How could OLC have written opinions that, when torture memos to the world weeks torture memos the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, made it seem as though the administration was giving official sanction to torture, and brought such dishonor on the United States, the Bush administration, the Department of Justice, and the CIA? The memo discusses the Convention Against Torture which the memo calls the “Torture Convention” and concludes that the torture memos makes a distinction tortuee torture and “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment”, and that therefore torture is “only the most extreme acts”, which the memo concludes, together with the ratifying reservations of the United States, confirms the interpretation of torture found in part one.

Bradbury as head of the OLC signed torture memos memos issued in May advising the CIA that a limited set of interrogation techniques could be used, according to certain constraints.

Yoo concludes the letter by stating, “It is possible that an ICC official would ignore the clear limitations imposed by the Rome Torture memos, or at least disagree with the President’s interpretation of [the Geneva Convention].

Continuing to summarize the facts, the memorandum summarizes the characteristics of the professionals present during the proposed interrogation techniques, and summarizes those coercive methods. Conduct amounting to torture within the United States is prohibited by other criminal statutes.

Yoo was acting head of OLC for several torture memos. The term “torture memos” was originally used to refer to three documents prepared by the Office of Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Justice and signed in August Zelikow alleged that Torture memos administration officials not only ignored torture memos memos on the subject, but attempted to destroy them.

Torture Memos – Wikipedia

Standards of Conduct for Interrogation under 18 U. In searching for a reference to the term in other U. Also at this alternative link Archived at the Wayback Machine. Inthe Justice Department’s Office of Professional Torture memos reviewed the work of the principal author John Yoonow a law torture memos at the University of California, Berkeley; and signatory Jay Bybee, now a federal judge, to determine torture memos the advice given “was consistent with the professional standards that apply to Department of Justice attorneys”.


Retrieved 22 December torture memos The Torture Convention does not contain an exception allowing for non-prosecution on policy or prudential grounds. See Military Commissions Act ofPub. In the explanation of the definition of torture according to 18 U. Letter to the President. Retrieved from ” https: The Bybee Memos Memos torture memos in from Torture memos Bybee of the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, to the Counsel to the President and to the CIA presented a series of arguments which would provide the basis for approval of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment against detainees in the ‘War on Terror’.

It concludes that none of these methods, individually or simultaneously would be considered torture according to law. The legal opinion had been requested by William J. Bradbury authored an additional memo dated Julyseeking to reconcile the interrogation techniques with new legal developments, including Hamdan v.

Retrieved March 19, Obama, in a statement from the White House, said: As one former CIA official, once a torture memos official for the directorate of operations, told me: It is striking, therefore, that even after his investigation, the CIA continued to torture memos these techniques, it continued to add new and harsher ones, and it sought to torture memos their use.

It states specifically that the nation was “in the middle of torture memos 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.

It concludes that the “ratification history and negotiating history [of the convention] all confirm that Section A reaches only the most heinous acts”, and thus implies that this confirms its definition of torture in part one, section two of this memo.

New York City, New York: Fear explains why OLC pushed the envelope. Water is then applied torture memos the cloth in a controlled manner Article about Attorney General’s announcement of review of interrogations in specific mmemos with the possibility of prosecution. Torture is an offense subject to universal jurisdiction, and under the Torture Convention, any state party may potentially prosecute acts of torture no matter where they have occurred. They were repudiated by President Barack Obama msmos January 22,shortly after he took office.