Tag Archives: memos

Bush's 'tortured legal' opinions

(Sorry about the bad pun in the headline) The Times has obtained Bush administration emails from 2005 which illustrate the pressure Department of Justice lawyers were under from the White House to put a legal stamp of approval on their torture program. Dan Froomkin sums up the emails well: The e-mails … were written by […]

On accountability for war crimes

Former president George W. Bush in 2003: “War crimes will be prosecuted, war criminals will be punished and it will be no defense to say, ‘I was just following orders.’” Versus Obama this month: “In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal […]