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Torture memo author Jay Bybee accepted more than $3.2 million in free legal services

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You all remember Jay Bybee don't you? He was "the former head of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) who signed two infamous August 2002 legal memos which gave CIA interrogators the green light to torture 'war on terror' prisoners," then admitted that some techniques were not approved by the DoJ.

Who better than a pro-torture Bushie lawyer-turned-judge to receive millions of dollars of free legal help in squirming out of ethics issues? L.A. Times:

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jay S. Bybee accepted more than $3.2 million in free legal services from a Los Angeles-based firm to fight allegations of ethics violations for providing the Bush administration legal justification to use harsh interrogation tactics that critics called torture, his financial disclosure reports reveal.

In his latest report to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Bybee reported gifts from the Latham & Watkins firm that bring the total of its free legal assistance to the judge to $3,251,893 since 2007. [...]

Bybee did not respond to an emailed question about whether and for how long he considers it necessary to withdraw from any cases involving Latham attorneys to avoid any appearance of potential bias.

Isn't that just like the guy?

Think Progress also posted about this.

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Attorney General Holder vows to close Guantanamo

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Dear A.G. Holder, I'll believe it when I see it, but while you're at it, please free Fayiz al-Kandari:

(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the United States would close the Guantanamo Bay facility holding terrorism suspects in Cuba, despite missing a previous deadline to do so. [...]

The recent killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was unlikely to affect the timing of the closure of the Guantanamo facility, Holder said.

If there's one thing that helps groups like Al Qaeda recruit new members, it's the indefinite detention and abuse of prisoners like Fayiz. Closing Gitmo would only help our national security, and those suffering from enough paranoia to think otherwise need to think again.

More here.

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here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here (very similar to Hicks’ in that he was sold for bounty).

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you are inclined to help rectify these injustices: Twitterers, use the hashtag #FreeFayiz. We have organized a team to get these stories out. If you are interested in helping Fayiz out, e-mail me at The Political Carnival, address in sidebar to the right; or tweet me at @GottaLaff.

If you’d like to see other ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.

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LIVE VIDEO FEED: A.G. Eric Holder discusses trial of 9/11 defendants

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Obama reversal: No civilian trials for detainees. Suspects to be tried by military commission at Gitmo.

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It's already been all over the news, but in case you missed it, here's a quick recap via an L.A. Times email alert:

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four accused co-conspirators will be tried by a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, instead of in a civilian court in New York, it was widely reported today.

U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder is expected to make the formal announcement at a scheduled news conference later today.

The Obama administration had pushed to try Mohammed in a civilian court in New York. But last month, Obama lifted a freeze on new military trials at Guantanamo Bay, arguing that Congress was hurting national security by blocking his attempts to move some trials into civilian courts in the United States.

More soon at: http://www.latimes.com/.

I'm sure Fayiz al-Kandari will be thrilled.

Always looking forward, never backward, right Congress (added)? Except for one thing: This is really backward.  At the moment, I'm too disappointed to go further with this, and if you've followed my previous posts about all things Guantanamo Bay (and I suggest you scroll through them and read), you know why.

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here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here (very similar to Hicks’ in that he was sold for bounty).

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you are inclined to help rectify these injustices: Twitterers, use the hashtag #FreeFayiz. We have organized a team to get these stories out. If you are interested in helping Fayiz out, e-mail me at The Political Carnival, address in sidebar to the right; or tweet me at @GottaLaff.

If you’d like to see other ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.

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