Sunday, April 06, 2008

The torture team

Phillip Sands writes in Vanity Fair about the team of lawyers who created the pseudo-legal framework for this administration's torture policies in violation of US and international law.

As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, and a prized Guantánamo detainee wouldn’t talk, the Bush administration’s highest-ranking lawyers argued for extreme interrogation techniques, circumventing international law, the Geneva Conventions, and the army’s own Field Manual. The attorneys would even fly to Guantánamo to ratchet up the pressure—then blame abuses on the military. Philippe Sands follows the torture trail, and holds out the possibility of war crimes charges.

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