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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - John Yoo
It was one of Barack Obama's marquee campaign promises in 2008: Close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which would erase a terrorist recruiting tool and a black spot on America's human rights record.
For faithful right-wingers, Chief Justice John G. Roberts' switcheroo on Obamacare is basically akin to a romance gone wrong. Yet here's the rub: He isn't going anywhere. The man is 57, has a lifetime appointment and, ironically, a great government health plan. He'll be rocking the black robes for a long, long time to come.
The much-anticipated operation was a brilliant success, but the patient died. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is a clever surgeon, and he left a bloody mess to prove it. He's in the Mediterranean now, on the island of Malta, lecturing to European lawyers about how to "grow" in office, basking in the applause of fans of the welfare state.
An appeals court said Wednesday a former senior Department of Justice lawyer in the George W. Bush administration who wrote the so-called "torture memos" authorizing harsh treatment of suspected terrorists is protected from lawsuits.
An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called "torture memos" of authorizing illegally harsh treatment of "enemy combatants."
Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns is bringing his new film "Prohibition" to the National Constitution Center in the hopes of promoting more civil national discourse.
The campaign to criminalize America's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks continues apace. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling on the Justice Department to investigate George W. Bush over his just-released memoir, "Decision Points," in which the former president says he ordered al Qaeda suspects waterboarded in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
He came, they saw, and nobody learned much of anything - David Addington, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, skated through three hours of committee testimony Thursday without revealing much other than disputing reports of his vast influence on the war on terror.
Mukasey defends memo writers
President Bush may have strong legal grounds for refusing congressional subpoenas, but the political price for asserting his executive privilege will be high, say lawyers who have worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents.
Mr. Nadler demanded Mr. Yoo cite exactly what legal privileges he was using to refuse to answer questions, and Mr. Yoo said he was respecting attorney-client privilege and laws prohibiting divulging classified information.
Mr. Yoo, who is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, repeatedly said he was bound by a gag declaration imposed by the Justice Department.