Nov 17, 2006

Good Vs. Evil(doers)...

November 16, 2006

The Honorable Alberto Gonzales Attorney General United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Attorney General Gonzales:

Recent press accounts indicate that, after years of denials, the Central Intelligence Agency has acknowledged the existence of additional documents detailing the Bush Administration’s interrogation and detention policy for terrorism suspects. According to press reports, the CIA recently disclosed the existence of two interrogation-related documents – a presidential directive regarding the CIA’s interrogation methods and detention facilities located outside of the United States, and an August 2002 Department of Justice Memorandum to the CIA General Counsel regarding CIA interrogation methods (the “2nd Bybee memo”) – in connection with an ongoing FOIA lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

As you know, for more than two years, I have repeatedly sought answers from the Department of Justice, the FBI, the CIA, and the Department of Defense regarding reported and, in some instances, documented cases of the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody. The photographs and reports of prisoner abuse in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere that have emerged during the past two years depict an interrogation and detention system operating contrary to U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions.

Prisoner abuse is one aspect of a broader problem, which includes the use of so-called “extraordinary renditions” to send people to other countries where they will be subject to torture. We diminish our own values as a Nation – and lose credibility as an advocate of human rights around the world – by engaging in, or outsourcing, torture.

The American people deserve to have detailed and accurate information about the role of the Bush Administration in developing the interrogation policies and practices that have engendered such deep criticism and concern at home and around the world. I ask that you promptly respond to the following questions and document requests.

1. Please produce any and all directives, memoranda, and/or orders, including any and all attachments to such documents, regarding CIA interrogation methods or policies for the treatment of detainees, including but not limited to the directive signed by President Bush governing CIA interrogation methods, or allowing the CIA to set up detention centers located outside of the United States.
2. Please produce any and all Department of Justice directives, memoranda, and/or guidance, including any and all attachments to such documents, regarding CIA detention and/or interrogation methods, including but not limited to the August 2002 Memorandum from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel to the CIA General Counsel regarding CIA interrogation methods (the “2nd Bybee memo”).
3. Please produce any and all documents in the custody of the Department of Justice regarding the legality of specific interrogation tactics and/or federal criminal prohibitions on torture and abuse that were used in the preparation of the 2nd Bybee memo referenced above.
4. Please state whether the 2nd Bybee memo was withdrawn, replaced, or modified after the Administration withdrew the Office of Legal Counsel’s memorandum regarding U.S. obligations under anti-torture law, dated August 2002 (the “1st Bybee Memo”) in December 2004. If so, please produce any and all revisions, or modifications of the 2nd Bybee memo.
5. Please produce any and all Department of Justice documents that interpret, or advise on, the scope of interrogation practices permitted and prohibited by the Detainee Treatment Act or the Military Commissions Act.
6. Please produce an index of any and all documents relating to investigations and/or reviews conducted by the Department of Justice into detainee abuse by U.S. military or civilian personnel in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib prison, or elsewhere.

I look forward to comprehensive responses to the above questions and document requests.

Sincerely,

PATRICK LEAHY United States Senator

cc: General Michael V. Hayden, USAF Director Central Intelligence Agency Room Number 7D56 OHB Washington, D.C. 20505

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the investigations begin! :)

1:50 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

good for Senator Leahy for addressing Gonzo.. Nan should be proud of Leahy...

2:03 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Go Leahy!

Does Gonzo reply to any Democrat's request for information...

I second that motion, S-Q (Bam-Bam)
Let the Investigations begin...
BAM
BAM
BAM
BAM... to INFINITY

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi CC & SPB:

CC, thanks.. I forgot to say BAM! LOL

2:23 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, I had to sift through the garbage of the news: Mike Tyson become the male ho for Heidi Fleiss male escort services. The broke man needs the money and I wonder if any of the corrupted GOPs were in Ms. Fleiss little black book. And Scrotum won't run for Prez. And that would be the laugh of the day for the carpetbagger.

But here is news:

Go Obama!

Robo Callers Punished Under New Obama Bill

2:24 PM  
Anonymous bum farto said...

S-Q what have been feeding that midget in your photo to make him fart like that!?

2:25 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

I was thinking this might happen as I listened to all of the silly pundits making a big deal about Pelosi mismanaging the Murtha/Hoyer election...I can't believe a former Bush official is saying this...

"For all the focus on the Democrats, a former Bush official who predicts a coming bloodbath between the White House and disgruntled conservative Republicans brushed off the Pelosi-Hoyer tussle as much ado about process.

"The Democrats are the sideshow," he said. "Bush self-destructing is the big story in town."
"

AmericaBlog

I have my popcorn ready for this show!

2:28 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Hi S-Q,

How is that Beta version of Blogger working for you now? Do you have the delete option with trash icon?

Has anyone here updated there blog with the Beta version? Any problems?

Hi SPB,

You're link is not working.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Get this justice...

"Pat Leahy at a hearing on voter fraud all but demanded that the Justice Department investigate and even prosecute Laura Ingraham for her election-day call to her listeners to jam the phone lines Democrats set up for reporting voter machine problems and the like."

We might need some gourmet Caramel Popcorn for this "Prosecute the Ho show"

Quote from crooksandliars.com

2:45 PM  
Anonymous mike tyson said...

SPB I'll be your ho for $15.00. An offer that you can't refuse.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Robo Callers Punished Under New Obama Bill

Hi, S-Q! Sorry, CC! Here you go...


And here is a history lesson from the Internets-in-chief: stay the course... LOL!

From Talk Left:

[A]sked on arrival in Vietnam for an economic summit whether this country holds any lessons for the debate over Iraq, the President answered: "Yes. One lesson is, is that we tend to want there to be instant success in the world, and the task in Iraq is going to take a while."

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CC:

No, I still don't have the trash can icon. I continue to email google support and ask for help on that trash can. They continue to say they're working on it. LOL

2:47 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"SPB I'll be your ho for $15.00. An offer that you can't refuse."

Oh hell no, Mike! The refigerator is closed man! I got my shots thank you very much...

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"S-Q what have been feeding that midget in your photo to make him fart like that!?"

*lol*

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feed all of my midgets the same food...gourmet midget bean burritos!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IN FACT...I am considering a new Marketing Campaign...

I will advertise my Gourmet Midget Bean Burritos on Faux News! I know those koolaid drinkers will order tons of the burritos!

Who needs telemarketers...when you can sell on Faux News?

LOL

2:54 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Woman Bloggers and guys too...

Check out Glenn Greenwald's take on the media attack of Pelosi and cat fights, etc...Great piece by Glenn

Here

And who in the hell would pay to go bed with ear-biting, gold-teeth Tyson??????? Eeeewww! And will the action be aired on Pay-Per-Chew?

Gourmet Midget Bean Burrito... isn't that part of Hannity's anatomy

2:58 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

SPB,

I think you have been propositioned on this blog more times than any of the female bloggers! LMAO

2:59 PM  
Anonymous mike tyson said...

What the hell you talking about a refridgerator SPB?

Let's rent Brokeback Mountain and just hang out.

I think you're cute.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"I think you're cute."

Ha! Ha! Oh man, and I have to have Mike Tyson of all people to be attracted to me! LOL! Rent Brokeback Mountain?? Hee hee...I don't do brokeback man...

"I think you have been propositioned on this blog more times than any of the female bloggers! LMAO"

CC:

It's time for me to go on vacation if I am getting more bloggers going after me. It's either the cologne or the gumbo that I yearn for.. LOL!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous mike tyson said...

SPB you're a real laugh riot. I find a sense of humor very attractive.


What kind of cologne do you wear?

3:12 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, our crunch 'n munch prosecutor is a smart slickster.. I didn't know this part that the smurf has done. Man, the smurf is in deep doo doo. Check this out!

U.S. Lawyers: Libby May Have Disclosed Iraq Secrets

A former White House aide, I. Lewis Libby, may have disclosed conclusions from a highly classified government report on Iraq to journalists before the report was declassified by President Bush, federal prosecutors said in a new court filing.

More charges keeping piling up on the little Irve..

3:13 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"What kind of cologne do you wear?"

And I'm not telling.. That would make you want me more... LOL!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

SPB,

Did you read that last paragraph?

"On Monday, Judge Walton ruled that the government (Fitzie) was being too stingy with the Krispy Kremes. However, the judge withdrew that ruling yesterday, citing a problem with its legal rationale and the on-going investigation into the depletion of donut funds at the DOJ."

3:28 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"On Monday, Judge Walton ruled that the government (Fitzie) was being too stingy with the Krispy Kremes. However, the judge withdrew that ruling yesterday, citing a problem with its legal rationale and the on-going investigation into the depletion of donut funds at the DOJ."

LOL! Yeah right, CC!

Patrick needs to lay off those donuts.. He has a love affair over those donuts.. I think the man drools all over his bedsheets and pillow at nights thinking about those donuts. If so, that's real sad.. LMAO!

I could easy slap with Fitz with lying to a prosecutor about his fixation of Krispy Kreme Donuts..

3:34 PM  
Anonymous pdixon said...

Senator Leahy;

Thank you and Senator Dodd (and Mr. Fitzpatrick) for moving forward on the arduous task of restoring Justice, Civil Rights and Accountably to our Nation so that one day we may say (as we did after the Despot President Nixon was impeached/resigned) that we went through was a challenging national experience which threatened our Great Democracy but...THE SYSTEM WORKED!!!!
I and millions more beg you, PLEASE restore our Nation, our Liberties, our "Shining Example to the Rest of the Nations of the World of how a True and Lawful Democracy Works!" Let us again be leaders in the world and as campy as it may sound, Let us shine as examples of "Truth, Justice, and the American Way"
Thank you for your rapid response to our cries for restoration of our National Heritage and our beloved Constitution.

4:59 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Top o' the mornin'....."let the investigations begin"....

It's more like let the stonewalls begin. This administration has no intention of cooperating with
any investigations. They believe the elections were just a little bump in the road that requires small deteors here and there. They
have absolutely no intention of being investigated or have any oversight of their plans. Stall, shred, stall, shred, file motions, stall, shred, file motions....yadayadayada.

6:52 AM  

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