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April 20, 2009

In case you missed it, The New York Times penned an excellent editorial this past weekend about the Bush-era torture memos that were released last week as part of an ACLU lawsuit.

In it, the editorial board states:

The Americans Civil Liberties Union deserves credit for suing for the memos’ release. And President Obama deserves credit for overruling his own C.I.A. director and ordering that the memos be made public. It is hard to think of another case in which documents stamped “Top Secret” were released with hardly any deletions.

But this cannot be the end of the scrutiny for these and other decisions by the Bush administration.

Until Americans and their leaders fully understand the rules the Bush administration concocted to justify such abuses — and who set the rules and who approved them — there is no hope of fixing a profoundly broken system of justice and ensuring that that these acts are never repeated…

…That investigation should start with the lawyers who wrote these sickening memos, including John Yoo, who now teaches law in California; Steven Bradbury, who was job-hunting when we last heard; and Mr. Bybee, who holds the lifetime seat on the federal appeals court that Mr. Bush rewarded him with.

You can support the ACLU’s call for accountability. Join us in demanding that Attorney General Holder appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate issues of criminal responsibility to ensure that no one is above the law.