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Open Thread. OPR Report released last night.


Valtin has a good rundown here. And of course OCD emptywheel here.

FDL DDayden here.

This is essentially getting away with murder, or if you like, torture. Margolis has saved Yoo and Bybee from any disciplinary action, relying on Yoo and Bybee’s own responses to the charges and what amounts to a generous reading of the law. Margolis basically took Yoo and Bybee’s side, that OPR did not apply the necessary framework, over OPR. It amounts to “we cannot know what was in the heads of Yoo and Bybee.”

That’s how it reads to me, anyway, maybe others will disagree. They can decide for themselves. But basically, another, and perhaps the last, opportunity for accountability and justice for the Bush torture regime, at least from inside the US government, has been squandered.

Olbermann video with Turley here. THANKS to TheMomCat who embedded this video below in comments.

UPDATE: h/t Turkana has a diary at GOS with a heads up on Leahy’s press release.

Leahy Announces Hearing On OPR Report

February 19, 2010  WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine the Office of Professional Responsibility Report on the Office of Legal Counsel, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced today.  The report was released to Congress today.

The hearing will be held Friday, February 26, at 10:00 a.m.  Witnesses will be announced in the coming days, and the hearing will be webcast live online.

Saturday. Busier than usual. Gotta run.

Consider this an Open Thread for sure. Got links?


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