Mystery explained: the Bybee Memo

How is this for motivation?

Bybee’s friends said he never sought the job at the Office of Legal Counsel. The reason he went back to Washington, Guynn said, was to interview with then-White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales for a slot that would be opening on the 9th Circuit when a judge retired. The opening was not yet there, however, so Gonzales asked, “Would you be willing to take a position at the OLC first?” Guynn said.


After Bybee approved the torture memo, he was made a Federal Judge by Bush. Is there now any longer a mystery about how an ambitious lawyer would authorize a memo legalizing torture of captives? This is how legal corruption works: all you have to do is make the quid pro quo tacit, and the devil’s work gets done.


    • Edger on April 25, 2009 at 23:54

    So in the end Jay Bybee was paid for his soul with something equally worthless.

  1. Of course, this kind of thing has gone on forever with cronyism and, unfortuately, has become more or less an accepted practice.  But this REALLY takes it to the LIMIT!  “Give me the right torture memo and I’ll give you the job you want.”

    Morality in the U.S. of A.

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