Orwell Lives

by Patrick Appel

Via Marcy Wheeler, I see that the ACLU has more documents from yesterday's dump. Several of these are as recent as 2007. I've not had a chance to completely read them, but the report titled "2007 OLC opinion on Interrogation Techniques" (pdf) from July 20, 2007 by Steven Bradbury is a full-fledged defense of six CIA interrogation techniques. Interrogators seem to have had an affinity for sleep deprivation:

Sleep The way Bradbury weasels around Geneva's Common Article 3 requires some generous redefining of terms like "punishment" and "outrage." Also check out this footnote that says, if my reading is correct, that Bush could use the Military Commissions Act to ignore the Hamdan ruling if he so desired (click for a larger image):

Hamdan

That's an incredible understanding of executive power, even for Bush. E-mail me at andrew@theatlantic.com if you find anything else of interest in this memo or any of the other documents.

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