Thursday, May 7, 2009

Nadler Calls For Special Counsel To Probe Torture


Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is calling on the appointment of a special counsel to take legal action against the authors of the "torture memos" issued during the George W. Bush administration.

Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee is making the request in the wake of a Justice Department report recommending legal disciplinary action against the authors.

“A recommendation of legal disciplinary action means that the Justice Department has concluded that the authors of the ‘torture memos’ engaged in serious misconduct,” Nadler said. “Whether this misconduct was criminal must therefore be determined."

Nadler says under the law, all those involved in torture or the authorization of torture are subject to prosecution. He says a special counsel should be appointed to determine if prosecutable offenses occurred to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest within Justice.


DangerRus said...

Is the onus on the one who gives a legal opinon or on teh one who operates on it without getting a second opinion. I am sure that if I asked my lawyer the legality of an act and he was inaccurate that it would still be me going to jail and not him if I followed his poor advice.

Gary Baumgarten said...

Good point Danger.

How can we hold attorneys criminally culpable for their legal advice?

The Political and Financial Markets Commentator said...

The bigger issue is wheether torture should be used at all.

As you know Gary, my belief is that if we have a strong reason to believe that actionable information is to be had, then it should.

It is a big bad dangerous world out there and the ACLU and Congressmen like Nadler will lead to our demise.