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July 15, 2010
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House Committee Releases Deposition of OLC Torture Memo Author Jay Bybee
ACLU Calls for Expanded Torture Investigation
According to Bybee's testimony, the OLC did not approve many of the torture techniques used on detainees by the CIA. He stated that the memos he wrote did not authorize the "substantial repetition" of OLC-approved techniques including waterboarding and that the August 2002 advice was limited to one specific detainee.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has referred the transcript of the Bybee deposition to Justice Department prosecutors so that it may be used in the department's ongoing investigation being led by Justice Department prosecutor John Durham.
The following can be attributed to Christopher Anders, ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel:
"The House Judiciary Committee's deposition of Judge Bybee is extraordinarily important because it is Exhibit A in defeating the mistaken argument that there was some kind of ‘golden shield' against liability for torture crimes. But while Bybee's testimony is an important piece of the torture puzzle, there has still been amazingly little oversight and no accountability over the most central piece of the puzzle: decisions made in the Bush White House itself. The deposition confirms what we've known for years - that these policies were authorized and carried out at the highest ranks of the Bush administration. It is now up to Congress and Justice Department prosecutors to continue their work to investigate high level Bush administration involvement and to ensure that no one is above the law."
The following can be attributed to Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU:
"The documents released today shed further light on the origins of the Bush administration's torture program. They also make it even clearer that the Justice Department needs to conduct a comprehensive criminal investigation. In recent months, many other countries - including some of
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