Bush’s Secret Counterterrorism Law Book—and the Demands to Release It

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1.28.09

Bush’s Secret Counterterrorism Law Book—and the Demands to Release It

We take a look at the Bush administration’s secret Justice Department memos on detention, interrogation, surveillance and prosecution. These opinions were issued by the Office of Legal Counsel and advised the executive branch on the legality of a range of tactics in fighting the so-called “war on terror.” A few of these records have been made public, but many remain secret, including those relating to the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance program. The investigative website ProPublica has compiled the first public database of all that is currently known about these memos. [includes rush transcript]

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Chisun Lee, Award-winning reporter now with ProPublica, propublica.org. She was a former staff writer at the Village Voice and counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

Scott Horton, New York attorney specializing in international law and human rights. He is also a legal affairs contributor to Harper’s Magazine, where he writes the blog No Comment.

AMY GOODMAN: We move now to another legacy of the Bush administration: the secret Justice Department memos on detention, interrogation, surveillance and prosecution. These opinions were issued by the Office of Legal Counsel and advised the executive branch on the legality of a range of tactics in fighting the so-called “war on terror.” A few of these records have been made public, but many remain secret, including those relating to the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance program.

The investigative website ProPublica has compiled the first public database of all that’s currently known about these memos. It’s available at propublica.org.

The Bush administration claims the memos had to remain secret for reasons of security and internal confidentiality.

Dawn Johnsen, Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel, has been an outspoken critic of the Justice Department under the Bush administration. This is an excerpt of a speech she gave at the American Constitutional Society in October of 2007, discussing the key principles that ought to govern the Office of Legal Counsel.

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