Torture Investigation: Bush-DOJ Attorneys 'Exercised Poor Judgment'

Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU National Security Project, said in a statement that the reports released today show, "the investigation initiated by the Justice Department last year, which focuses on 'rogue' interrogators, is too narrow. Interrogators should be held accountable where they violated the law, but the core problem was not one of rogue interrogators but one of senior government officials who knowingly authorized the gravest crimes. The Justice Department should immediately expand its investigation to encompass not just the interrogators who used torture but the senior Bush administration officials who authorized and facilitated it."

The Senate Judiciary Committee has also announced its intention to hold hearings on the memos next week.

In a statement, Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said, "The report from the Office of Professional Responsibility is a condemnation of the legal memoranda drafted by key architects of the Bush administration's legal policy, including Jay Bybee and John Yoo, on the treatment of detainees. ... In drafting and signing these unsound legal analyses, OLC attorneys sanctioned torture, contrary to our domestic anti-torture laws, our international treaty obligations and the fundamental values of this country. I have serious concerns about the role each of these government lawyers played in the development of these policies."

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