Here is the full version of the Memo Authorizing Torture that Bush passed out creating the excuse to torture the prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison. This memo was written by a lawyer working for John Ashcroft named Jay S. Bybee who has been appointed as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
This memo is an act of treason and this guy should be in jail – not serving as a judge. I intend to file a judicial complaint against him – as if it would do any good. I hope some prosecutor files criminal charges against this mother fucker.
This memo however is the perfect defense for those at the bottom who are being court martialed for torture. All that have to do is point to the memo and say – “Hey – how I supposed to know it was illegal? A federal judge on the court of appeals thinks it’s legal? Am I – someone who was flipping burgers at McDonalds supposed to know the law better than the Justice Department?”
You see – the responsibility is at the top.
Here’s what really went down. Bush and Rumsfield decided they wanted to torture people. So they said – we need a legal memo to cover our asses – so we can justify this if we get caught. So – Ashcroft gets ByBee to torture the law and write the memo. They were so impressed with his legal twistings that they appointed him to be a federal judge.