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Monday, April 20, 2009 8:27 pm

Impeach Jay Bybee

Filed under: I want my country back. — Lex @ 8:27 pm
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John Yoo’s name might be better known in the context of the torture memos, but the guy who ultimately was in charge of preparing those memos was Jay Bybee. Bybee was rewarded for his service to the Bush administration by a lifetime appointment to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate confirmed him, but that was before his role in justifying torture became public knowledge.

Bruce Ackerman makes a strong case for impeaching Bybee. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party approved a pro-impeachment resolution unanimously, and the state party will be considering one.

Even if Bybee is impeached, there are at least two reasons why he might well not be convicted and removed from office: 1) He might be able to mount an effective defense; and 2) it would take a two-thirds majority in the Senate to convict him, and the odds that at least 34 senators approve of torture are actually pretty high.

But impeaching him is still the right thing to do. At the very least, the debate would be enlightening. More importantly, anyone who would conjure up memos like those, documents that say, without any justification, that it’s OK to violate U.S. and international law, has no business even holding a law license, let alone sitting in judgment of others on one of the highest courts in the land.

Any movement to impeach likely would begin in the House Judiciary Committee, and as it happens, two Triad representatives, Republican Howard Coble and Democrat Mel Watt, sit on that committee. Please contact them and ask them to begin the process of removing a torture enabler from the bench.


1 Comment

  1. great post… i’d love to see jay bybee get his… if nothing more, this type of thing communicates to future generations what our values are…. do we support this sort of brutality? i effin hope we don’t

    great post

    one love,
    –reverend manny

    Comment by Reverend Manny — Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:06 am @ 9:06 am

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