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Thursday, October 04, 2007

How Bad Is It That Ashcroft Looks Good?

My respect for John Ashcroft is growing. He and his #2 Comey fought off the hospital bed stand-off with Gonzalez over wiretapping. It appears that he also disagreed with torture, as he was replaced with toady Gonzalez who rubber-stamped brutal interrogation methods as passing muster with DOJ standards.
When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.

But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.

The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.