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Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable Paperback – September 1, 2009
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In addition, David Cole combines enough legal ethics for the non-lawyer to understand where the OLC lawyers can be held accountable for providing false justifications to the CIA to commit torture. David Cole is professor of law at Georgetown but this does not mean that he cannot write like a human being with a conscience. His commentary is a great intellectual support to decent people who know in their gut that what the CIA did to captured Al Qaeda suspects, with the blessings of the OLC and top leaders in the Bush Administration, including President Bush himself, was morally wrong and illegal as well. One by one Mr. Cole exposes the rationalizations and approach of the OLC lawyers to a legal and ethical perspective.
My only suggestion for Mr. Cole would have been that he include the International Committee of the Red Cross report in his book if possible. When we read the report of actual interviews of the suspected Al Quaeda prisoners, it really adds the human and subjective element to the Torture Memos. One may ask how can we trust the testimony of 14 Al Quaeda suspects to be reliable? The 14 suspects were interviewed seperately and they all seemed to tell a story which was consistent with what the Memos approved. This would underscore what was being done in our name by the CIA.Read more ›