Judge Jay Bybee Is Unrepentant About Memos, Impeach Him

April 29, 2009 at 6:47 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

There you have it. He thinks the memos were just fine.

Judge Jay S. Bybee broke his silence on Tuesday and defended the conclusions of legal memorandums he had signed as a Bush administration lawyer that allowed use of several coercive interrogation practices on suspected terrorists.

Judge Bybee, who issued the memorandums as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel and was later nominated to the federal appeals court by President George W. Bush, said in a statement in response to questions from The New York Times that he continued to believe that the memorandums represented “a good-faith analysis of the law” that properly defined the thin line between harsh treatment and torture.

But he said: “The central question for lawyers was a narrow one; locate, under the statutory definition, the thin line between harsh treatment of a high-ranking Al Qaeda terrorist that is not torture and harsh treatment that is. I believed at the time, and continue to believe today, that the conclusions were legally correct.”

There you have it folks. He is unrepentant. He thinks the advice was legally sound (it is not). It is high time to impeach him. He won’t be resigning on his own. The pressure must be put on him, and he needs to remain a focal point until he resigns or he is forced out. Such a judge must not be allowed to rule over a people.

By the way, I find the last part of the article interesting:

Judge Betty Fletcher, a member of the court for 30 years, said in a statement: “He is a moderate conservative, very bright and always attentive to the record and the applicable law. I have not talked to other judges about his memo on torture, but to me it seems completely out of character and inexplicable that he would have signed such a document.”

Indeed, Judge Fletcher. But apparently it is a part of his character. He’s fine with torture. He’s fine with abusing other people who are not American. He thinks the law allows for such abuse. It is time for him to face the consequences. Impeach Judge Jay Bybee.

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