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When we talk today of the “torture memos,” most of us think about the later memoranda, like the infamous “Bybee Memo” of August 1, Another Tortured Memo from Jay Bybee. Nine years after he left his post as Director of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the George W. Bush. The Bybee Memo Memorandum for Alberto R. Gonzales We conclude that for an act to constitute torture as defined in Section , it must inflict pain that is .

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Similarly, Bicic, “suffers from anxiety, sleeps very little, and has frequent nightmares” and experiences frustration at not being able to work meemo to the physical and mental pain he suffers. He has a sworn duty to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and to execute the laws of the United States faithfully, in accordance with the Constitution.

The suspect is the only source of this information, and without that information the bomb will surely explode, killing many people. Reflecting afterward on the Torture Memos as a cautionary tale, Byvee wrote in his memoir:. Memorandum for John C.

Or put another way, “other” signals that the words to which it attaches are of the same kind, type, or class as the more specific item previously listed. Retrieved 28 January Representatives of defendant threatened her with death if she attempted to move from quarters where she was held.

In order to prove “severe mental pain or suffering,” the statute requires proof of “prolonged mental harm” that was caused by or resulted from one of four enumerated acts.

CAT not only defines torture as involving severe tortude and suffering, but also it makes clear that such pain and suffering is at the extreme end of the spectrum of acts by reserving criminal penalties solely for torture.

Unfortunately, he fails to mention any of the negative consequences of the policies. In his column in the Los Angeles Times Scheer wrote, “Was meo as a reward for such bold legal thinking that only months later Bybee was appointed to one of the top judicial benches in the country? It concludes that the “ratification history and negotiating history [of the convention] all confirm that Section A reaches only the most heinous acts”, and thus implies that this confirms its definition of torture in part one, section two of this memo.


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Further, even if we were to read the infliction of severe physical suffering as distinct from severe physical pain, it is difficult to conceive of such suffering that would not involve severe physical pain. Thus, one may not use deadly force in response to a threat that does not rise to death or serious bodily harm. The decision to deploy military force in the defense of United States interests is expressly placed under Presidential authority by the Vesting Clause, U.

Vuckovic, along with other guards, also forced Mehinovic to run in a circle while the guards swung wooden planks at him. The New York Times Magazine. Archived from the original on 10 April Retrieved April 17, United States, 92 U. In that hypothetical, the GSS has arrested a suspect holds information about the location of a bomb and the time at which it is set to explode. California law is illustrative on this point.

Current judges of the United States courts of appeals.

A memo on torture to John Yoo

Some authorities, such as the Model Penal Code, even eliminate the reasonability element, and require only that the defender honestly believed — regardless of its unreasonableness — that the use of force was necessary.

If an attack appears increasingly likely, but our intelligence services and armed forces cannot prevent it without the information from the interrogation of a specific individual, then the [Continuing on Page 44] more likely it will appear that the conduct in question will be seen as necessary. Sofaer, Legal Adviser, Department of State “no higher standard was intended” by the Reagan administration understanding than was present in the Convention or the Bush understanding ; id.

In that case, James Smith sought to have a case heard in federal court which he had previously brought in a tribal court. Looked at from the opposite perspective, the defender may not use force when the force would be as equally effective at a later time and the defender suffers no harm or risk by waiting.

We conclude that the mental harm also must result from one of the predicate acts listed in the statute, namely: He witnessed the severe beatings of other prisoners, including his own brother.

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Waterboarding is Never Acceptable Regardless of the Circumstances”. Congress criminalized this conduct to fulfill U. How could OLC have tofture opinions that, when revealed to the world weeks after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, made it seem as though the administration was giving official sanction to torture, and brought such dishonor on the United States, the Bush administration, the Department of Justice, and the CIA?


It takes little analysis or insight to conclude that this incident constitutes torture. See Eastern Airlines Inc. Hadzialijagic went into cardiac arrest just after this bybde and was saved by one of the other plaintiffs. When he disagreed with the tribal court’s decision, he claimed that it had had no jurisdiction in the first place. He resigned he said, for several reasons but the main one was that, as a result of withdrawing the Torture Memos, “important people inside the administration had come to question my Archived from the original on June 23, Israel Supreme Court The European Court of Human Rights is not the only other court to torturee whether such a program of interrogation techniques was permissible.

According to LaFave and Scott, “the law ought to promote the achievement of higher values at the expense of lesser values, and sometimes the greater good for society will be accomplished by violating the literal language of the criminal law.

Constitution in order to constitute cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. Bybee signed that legal memorandum which endorsed ” enhanced interrogation techniques ” as lawful. The United States understands that, in order to constitute torture, an act must be a deliberate and calculated act of an extremely cruel and inhuman nature, specifically intended to inflict excruciating and agonizing physical or mental pain or suffering.

Thus, if a defendant has a good faith belief that his actions will not result in prolonged mental harm, he lacks the mental state necessary for his actions to bybeee torture. Thus it was seeking approval retroactively.

The statute defines “severe mental pain or suffering” as: See Omnibus Crime Bill, Pub. Such detainees “have a label in the law of war conventions” — “civilian,” or “protected person” under the Fourth Convention — even if they are suspected security threats or “unlawful combatants.