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That Darn Memo

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The storied 81-page memo that outlined our government’s legal justification for abusing prisoners, written by John C. Yoo, a former deputy in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, has finally been declassified. I haven’t yet read the thing in full. But judging from what I’ve read so far, it’s apparent that Yoo’s memo uses the kind of malleable, vague, paranoid thinking that the Bush Administration has employed to justify all of its other crimes.

But I’m still waiting for the answer to the million-dollar question: Who truly deserves the credit for conjuring up the philosophy behind our torture program, the Bush Administration, Yoo, or the creators of 24?

There’s more on the memo at Slate and elsewhere.

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Written by Peter Holslin

April 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm

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