02 April 2008

"Fuck You. The Law Doesn't Apply To Me"

Memo: Laws Don't Apply to Interrogators

Justice Dept. Official in 2003 Said President's Wartime Authority Trumped Many Statutes

By Dan Eggen and Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, April 2, 2008; Page A01

The Justice Department sent a legal memorandum to the Pentagon in 2003 asserting that federal laws prohibiting assault, maiming and other crimes did not apply to military interrogators who questioned al-Qaeda captives because the president's ultimate authority as commander in chief overrode such statutes. [It is assumed, that this is precisely what Spc Alyssa R. Peterson's orders included.]

Read the entire story: here. (See also: Madness In The Desert, from March 21 & 22, on this blog)
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