Torture maestro Yoo escapes justice

It’s not a surprise but it’s a disgrace, especially when you look at the reasoning used by the court who threw out a lawsuit against the man who articulated Dubyas’s torture policies. Via Common Dreams:

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped short of endorsing Yoo’s conduct as a lawyer in the Justice Department, where he wrote memos approving most of the practices allegedly used against plaintiff Jose Padilla in a Navy brig – sleep deprivation, stress positions, isolation, and extremes of temperature, light and darkness.


Padilla also said his interrogators threatened to kill him, and he claimed Yoo had personally authorized his treatment.


At least some of Padilla’s treatment may well constitute torture under current standards, the appeals court said. But when Yoo worked for the department in 2001-03, the three-judge panel said, courts had not yet decided that those practices were torture, or that so-called enemy combatants like Padilla had the same constitutional rights as other inmates.

Right. It’s torture now, but it wasn’t then.