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June 23, 2004

Bad Judgement Leads to Bad Judge

One of Bush's judge appointees to the Ninth Circuit court of Appeals is the one who signed off on the redefinition of "torture."

An Aug. 1, 2002, Justice Department memo argues that torture - and even deliberate killing - of prisoners in the terror war could be justified as necessary to protect the United States. The memo from then-assistant attorney general Jay Bybee also offers a restricted definition of torture, saying only actions that cause severe pain akin to organ failure would be torture.

Bybee is now a justice on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Fuck, I really hate this administration. Really.