Sunday, July 13, 2008
The controversial interrogation practices were authorized by lawyers from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.
In a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who had requested special counsel on the matter, Mukasey noted that “it would be unwise and unjust to expose to possible criminal penalties those who relied in good faith on those prior Justice Department opinions.”
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Referencing “The Terror Presidency,” a book by Jack Goldsmith — former head of the Office of Legal Counsel — Mukasey said that the intelligence community was exposed to “cycles of timidity and aggression.”
This article was posted: Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 5:23 am