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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

War crimes: DoJ Staff Studied Inquisition

The Department of Justice Staff counsel are eager students of the Spanish Inquisition.

Recently, the DoJ Staff issued a draft bill for POW trials. If the Attorney General is serious about the procedures, they should be applied to him.

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The Spanish Inquisition was only one effort to target innocents otherwise not guilty of any criminal activity.

The methods the inquisition used were substantially similar to the methods DoJ Staff Counsel have endorsed in the draft bill.

The inquisition abuses included inter alia

  • Denial of defendant the right to confront witnesses.

  • Denial of right of defendant to access counsel.

  • Use of isolation.

  • Denial of defendant the right to see evidence.

  • Use of torture to elicit confessions.

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    It is well established that DoJ Staff Counsel had access to the intenet between 2001 and 2006. Their IP numbers are available in open sources clealry etsablishing that the Department of Justice had a working internet and access to electronic information.

    It remains to be understood which specific DoJ Staff counsel were familiar with the Spanish Inquisition.

    Despite the broad abuses, DoJ Staff counsel have otherwise reported that the governmetn conduct was lawful. Given the DoJ Staff Supervisors were in a position to understand the scope of the activity, and had access through oversight committees to the detailed interview notes, it is not plausible to conclude the DoJ Staff Supervisory Counsel were unaware of what was going on.

    The informatin befure suggests DoJ Staff counsel were reckless in

  • Failing to ensure that the Constution and laws of the land were enforced;

  • Failing to prevent illegal acts of abuse, torture, and violations of Geneva;

  • Failing to adeqauately review, monitor, and seek additional informatio nabout matters they knew, o rshould have known, were contrary to law;

  • Failing to review, analyzie, and create ovresight plans in response to deficiency reoports they should have been able to access, review, and available from DoJ OPR, DoJ IG, GAO and available on Itnel Link, and from the Department of Defense, and on the internet;

  • Ignoring DoJ Staff assistance visit reports to Guantanamo which reviewd FBI memoranda and concerns about the treatment of prisonesrs;

  • Issuing statements, assurances, and public attestation that the law was followed, when they knew or should have known that th laws were being ignored.