Now to some news coming out of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. On Wednesday – a three judge panel on the court ruled that former Bush legal advisor John Yoo – one of the men who wrote legal memos giving cover to President Bush to commit the war crime of torture – can’t be sued by the victims of that torture.
Jose Padilla was declared an “enemy combatant” in 2002 – and claims he was subjected to three years of torture while in custody. But the court rejected Padilla’s claim that he suffered “gross physical and psychological abuse,” and ruled that interrogation techniques did not necessarily amount to torture, despite how “appalling” they may be.
So – war criminal John Yoo gets to walk. But here’s the most shocking thing abotu this case. Guess who else happens to be a Judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. This guy – Jay Bybee – who – just like his buddy John Yoo – worked for the Bush Administration and ALSO wrote and signed the torture memos giving Bush legal cover to commit war crimes.
So John Yoo gets cleared of war crimes by the 9th Circuit Court on which Jay Bybee – who also committed war crimes – serves. So much for an impartial judiciary. And once again the gaping moral wound left by the torturous Bush administration goes unhealed.
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