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Senate Holds Hearing On Justice Department Torture Memo Report
Criminal Investigation Into Torture Program Must Be Broadened, Says ACLU
As of now, a Justice Department official is expected to testify at today’s hearing.
“It is critical today that senators make clear that, given the information in the OPR report and the wealth of other evidence in the public domain, the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into the torture program must be broad enough to include those who authorized and legally sanctioned these shameful acts,” said Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.
The OPR report found that John Yoo and Jay Bybee, two of the three torture memo authors, engaged in professional misconduct by failing to provide "thorough, candid, and objective" analysis. That conclusion, however, was rejected in a later memorandum written by Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis, who, while still critical of Yoo’s and Bybee’s conduct, found that they exercised “poor judgment.”