Dec. 31, 2004

Justice Expands 'Torture' Definition (washingtonpost.com)

It appears that it may have taken a few years, but hopefully, finally,......the nightmare vision of 9/11 has receded in peoples minds enough that they are beginning to behave with reasonable intent rather than anger and raw emotional feelings for vengeance. I believe this to have been the popular state of mind and one that the Bush cabal calculatedly used in perhaps the most cynical abuse of America's power ever seen since Hitlers use of the collapse of Weimar Germany to justify his excesses. Gary Williams ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Justice Expands 'Torture' Definition Earlier Policy Drew Criticism By R. Jeffrey Smith and Dan Eggen Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, December 31, 2004; Page A01 The Justice Department published a revised and expansive definition late yesterday of acts that constitute torture under domestic and international law, overtly repudiating one of the most criticized policy memorandums drafted during President Bush's first term. In a statement published on the department's Web site, the head of its Office of Legal Counsel declares that 'torture is abhorrent both to American law and values and international norms' and goes on to reject a previous statement that only 'organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death' constitute torture punishable by law." Continued.......

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