Bye Bye Bybee

Jay Bybee has been a federal judge in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in  Las Vegas for 6 years.  He was little noticed until the release of a memo written by Bybee when he was head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.  The memo gave protection to what the Bush administration called harsh interrogation and what others call torture.  Liberal groups have called for Bybee’s impeachment.

The techniques excused by Bybee included waterboarding, sleep deprivation, beatings, and confinement in small boxes. In 2002, Bybee advised the Central Intelligence Agendy that they could use the tactics against Abu Zubaydah, a leader of al-Qaida.  Bybee said that the techniques were not torture, because there was “no intent to cause severe pain or suffering.”


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Other lawyers who wrote similar memos–including John Yoo and Steven Bradbury–were subjects of a report by the Justice Department’s ethics office.

Congressman Jerry Nadler, D-NY, is a member of the House Judiciary Department and favors impeachment.  He said that Bybee wrote “an instruction manual on how to break the law.”

Head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, D-VT, said that Bybee should resign.  He and Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, did not comment on impeachment.

Senator John Ensign, R-NV, said it was outrageous to remove Bybee.  Impeachment requires a majority vote in the House and a 2/3 vote in the Senate.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama is focusing on his agenda, and the memos should be cause for reflection, not retribution.

(NOTE: This post was edited to delete any traces of a story from the San Jose Mercury News. The reason can be found here.)

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13 responses to “Bye Bye Bybee

  1. This really is their stock in trade isn’t it, finding a way to break the law then lying about it when they caught. Just looking at the picture of these 2 you know they had to use their fancy health care riders to get rid of their high school wedgie scars. Impeach with extreme prejudice as Arnold might have said in one of his movies.

  2. Drinking the Kool-Aid–nice touch.

  3. Bybee…the name is perfect for making it into an insulting verb:

    “We waterboarded that rag-head good–we Bybeed the shit out of him.”

    “What you need is a good, dirty lawyer–you know, someone to go to court for you and Bybee the judge.”

  4. Sounds like some good work by the Judge!

    Bybee wrote “an instruction manual on how to break the law”

    Does it include the follow up best seller “Serving Time and Making New Friends in A Federal Prison”

    And Nonnie, isn’t torture a very subjective term? I for one was in a rare state a few weeks ago on vacation and caught a few minutes of the View and felt violated…

    Sandy :)

    • sandy!
      i doubt that bybee has been working on the sequel. after all, we know that rethugs don’t seem to be able to look ahead and see what the consequences of their actions might be.

      please be very, very careful, sandy, when you have that remote in your hand. the view? really? i think i’d opt for waterboarding rather than watch elisabeth hasselbitch for more than 5 seconds. :wink:

    • Sandy, are you getting enough Slack these days?

      • I don’t think you can put a cap on how much slack you can get! But I’m sure I get more then my share of it ;)

        Another thing ‘Water Boarding’ sounds like a sport that snow borders do in the summer (Surfing). I want a good old fashioned torture name like ‘Bamboo under the finger nails’ or one of the most vivid I can imagine is the teeth pulling in ‘Marathon Man’ that is what I’m talking about. If you going to break the law might as do some damage!

        No I need some of that slack!

        Sandy

        • i agree. waterboarding sounds like something you do on vacation in hawaii. gagging repeatedly with a wet towel would be more descriptive. damn you for reminding me of that scene in marathon man! it still sends shivers up my spine whenever i think of it!

  5. jeb

    Although I normally oppose torture, in this case I’m less for impeachment and more for a good session of waterboarding. I think that they should bybee the shit out of him.

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