Mitt Romney Names Two Torture Lawyers to “Justice Advisory Committee”

The headline news about Mitt Romney’s new advisory committee of 63 lawyers is that Robert Bork is co-chairing it.

But even more troubling is that he has named two of the lawyers that okayed torture–Steven Bradbury and Tim Flanigan–to it.

Bradbury, of course, wrote the Combined Torture memo, which found, in part, that waterboarding someone 183 times in a month does not shock the conscience.

He also told DOD it could do whatever it wanted, so long as it called it “Appendix M.” Bradbury failed to mention that memo from Congress, too, when they asked for a list of all the torture memos he had been involved in.

Bradbury would have been investigated over the memos he wrote, had Michael Mukasey not intervened.

Flanigan was one of the three lawyers–along with David Addington and Alberto Gonzales–who told John Yoo to turn the Torture Memo into a “Get Out of Jail Free” card by saying that if the Commander-in-Chief ordered torture, then it couldn’t be prosecuted.

Now, why would Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney appoint two men who called torture legal to his Justice Advisory Committee?

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emptywheel @Krhawkins5 Most transparent torturers Evah™
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emptywheel RT @Krhawkins5: UN committee against torture recommendations to US. #15 all about abuse of secrecy http://t.co/DMHzDsFXwI
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emptywheel Such claims only help Vlad Putin RT @EliLake: Let’s be real. Star Wars doesn’t really hold up nearly 40 years later.
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bmaz @kdrum And you STILL refuse to tell me where to get a big screen teevee.
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bmaz RT @SarahKnuckey: UN Committee against Torture: "deep concern at frequent police shootings of unarmed black individuals" #Ferguson http://t…
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emptywheel RT @SarahKnuckey: UN Committee against Torture: US should review Appendix M of the Army Field Manual & "abolish" some of its provisions htt…
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bmaz RT @SarahKnuckey: UN Committee against Torture "calls for the declassification and prompt public release" of the torture report http://t.co
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bmaz RT @jdakwar: BREAKING: UN Committee Against Torture releases scathing report on U.S. compliance with anti-Torture treaty. http://t.co/A01YV
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JimWhiteGNV Seven Month Extension of P5+1 Negotiations? We’d Be Lucky With Seven Weeks https://t.co/KMg5zmn8Ai
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emptywheel RT @SarahKnuckey: UN Committee against Torture: there is "an ongoing failure" in the US to "fully investigate allegations of torture" http:…
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bmaz Oops: After Threatening Hacker With 440 Years, Prosecutors Settle for a Misdemeanor | WIRED http://t.co/BjOkNbK7p5
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bmaz @PatrickCToomey @csoghoian @WSJ @dannyyadron Jeebus, the All Writs Act?? Owsley is right though, notable that magistrate issued opinion.
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