JAY BYBEE TORTURE MEMO PDF

Though the mild-mannered lawyer has attracted little public attention, as a top Justice Department official he approved an array of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" against alleged al-Qaeda members that many observers call torture. They include forcing prisoners to stay awake for a week or more, waterboarding them and trapping them with an insect to exploit their fear of bugs. While supporters say the policies helped keep the country safe in the wake of Sept. See pictures of the aftershocks of Abu Ghraib. He now faces calls for impeachment from Sen. Met his wife, a high school teacher, at a screening of "Mr.

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Administration officials responded by releasing hundreds of pages of previously classified documents related to the development of a policy on detainees. Additional documents were released in December and January by the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a civil lawsuit seeking to discover the extent of abuse of prisoners by the military.

Those papers are posted at aclu. Yoo, a University of California law professor who was serving in the department, provided arguments to keep United States officials from being charged with war crimes for the way prisoners were detained and interrogated.

The memorandums, principally one written on Jan. That would keep American officials from being exposed to the federal War Crimes Act, a law that carries the death penalty. Powell said the advantages of applying the Geneva Conventions far outweighed their rejection. He said that declaring the conventions inapplicable would "reverse over a century of U. Gonzales warned that the broad rejection of the Geneva Conventions posed several problems. The attachment noted that C.

Document released by White House. Bybee, with the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department, provided a rationale for using torture to extract information from Qaeda operatives.

It provided complex definitions of torture that seemed devised to allow interrogators to evade being charged with that offense.

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Specifically, the White House asked how the Act changed the extent to which grand jury information could be shared with the president and other federal officials. Bybee, now a judge on the U. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, crafted a previously undisclosed interpretation of the law that is breathtaking in its sweep. The notion that grand jury testimony should be secret dates back to at least the seventeenth century. The rules governing disclosure of grand jury proceedings are set by the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; prior to the PATRIOT Act, those rules declared that grand jury information could be shared only under certain circumstances, such as when the material was necessary to assist a prosecutor. However, disclosures had to be reported to a judge, and everyone receiving the information had to be told of its confidentiality.

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Administration officials responded by releasing hundreds of pages of previously classified documents related to the development of a policy on detainees. Additional documents were released in December and January by the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a civil lawsuit seeking to discover the extent of abuse of prisoners by the military. Those papers are posted at aclu. Yoo, a University of California law professor who was serving in the department, provided arguments to keep United States officials from being charged with war crimes for the way prisoners were detained and interrogated. The memorandums, principally one written on Jan.

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