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Mukasey Brings His Talmud Background to Work at Attorney General’s Office

May 24, 2008

G.W. Bush appointed Orthodox Judaic Attorney General Michael Mukasey says it’s an act of patriotism for lawyers to create unconstitutional justification for torture of Arabs, but those who hold the lawyers accountable are “hostile and unforgiving.”

Friend of Chabad Lubavitch–the sect of genocidal racist Judaism whose Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse is facing numerous federal indictments including weapons, drugs, sex abuse and immigration violations charges presently–Michael Mukasey is true not to the U.S. Constitution, but to the Talmud, the text which the lawyer/rabbi racket he defends here is based in and which his defense is based upon.

Mukasey defends author of so-called torture memos

By LARA JAKES JORDAN

5/24/08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Michael Mukasey is defending former government lawyers who drew up the legal basis of the Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation methods against terror suspects.

Mukasey told Boston College Law School graduates Friday that lawyers doing their part to protect the country in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks should not now be held liable or face criminal charges for doing so.

Mukasey did not mention any specific lawyers by name.

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo is facing at least one civil lawsuit and demands for his firing from Berkeley Law School. Yoo worked in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003.

While there, he wrote several memos legally defending the use of harsh interrogation tactics which are now under criticism by human rights groups and members of Congress. Yoo’s memos concluded that President Bush has broad, unfettered wartime authority that cannot be limited by domestic law or international bans on torture.

One memo defined torture, as recognized by U.S. law, as covering “only extreme acts” causing pain similar in intensity to that caused by organ failure or accompanying death.

An internal Justice Department investigation is now considering whether such advice was improper.

At the Friday ceremony, Mukasey lambasted critics seeking to bring lawsuits or charges against the lawyers. “The rhetoric of these discussions is hostile and unforgiving,” Mukasey said in his prepared remarks.

Mukasey’s confirmation as attorney general briefly stalled over the issue of waterboarding, an interrogation method simulating drowning that critics call torture. He has since refused to say whether waterboarding is illegal since it is no longer used by the CIA or military interrogators.


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More on Michael Mukasey:

Who Will Call for the Separation of the Synagogue of Satan and State?

Orthodox Judaic Attorney General Mukasey to Light 30′ tall Menorah on White House Lawn

More Background on Talmudic Attorney General Mukasey

U.S. Attorney General Position Goes to Talmud Adherent

Bush Nominates Kol Nidre Upholding Talmudist for Attorney General

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Mukasey Brings His Talmud Background to Work at Attorney General’s Office

May 24, 2008

G.W. Bush appointed Orthodox Judaic Attorney General Michael Mukasey says it’s an act of patriotism for lawyers to create unconstitutional justification for torture of Arabs, but those who hold the lawyers accountable are “hostile and unforgiving.”

Friend of Chabad Lubavitch–the sect of genocidal racist Judaism whose Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse is facing numerous federal indictments including weapons, drugs, sex abuse and immigration violations charges presently–Michael Mukasey is true not to the U.S. Constitution, but to the Talmud, the text which the lawyer/rabbi racket he defends here is based in and which his defense is based upon.

Mukasey defends author of so-called torture memos

By LARA JAKES JORDAN

5/24/08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Michael Mukasey is defending former government lawyers who drew up the legal basis of the Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation methods against terror suspects.

Mukasey told Boston College Law School graduates Friday that lawyers doing their part to protect the country in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks should not now be held liable or face criminal charges for doing so.

Mukasey did not mention any specific lawyers by name.

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo is facing at least one civil lawsuit and demands for his firing from Berkeley Law School. Yoo worked in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003.

While there, he wrote several memos legally defending the use of harsh interrogation tactics which are now under criticism by human rights groups and members of Congress. Yoo’s memos concluded that President Bush has broad, unfettered wartime authority that cannot be limited by domestic law or international bans on torture.

One memo defined torture, as recognized by U.S. law, as covering “only extreme acts” causing pain similar in intensity to that caused by organ failure or accompanying death.

An internal Justice Department investigation is now considering whether such advice was improper.

At the Friday ceremony, Mukasey lambasted critics seeking to bring lawsuits or charges against the lawyers. “The rhetoric of these discussions is hostile and unforgiving,” Mukasey said in his prepared remarks.

Mukasey’s confirmation as attorney general briefly stalled over the issue of waterboarding, an interrogation method simulating drowning that critics call torture. He has since refused to say whether waterboarding is illegal since it is no longer used by the CIA or military interrogators.


http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5imDvIlEBNgzKdqYgIuTUEzUEImrQD90RJT080

More on Michael Mukasey:

Who Will Call for the Separation of the Synagogue of Satan and State?

Orthodox Judaic Attorney General Mukasey to Light 30′ tall Menorah on White House Lawn

More Background on Talmudic Attorney General Mukasey

U.S. Attorney General Position Goes to Talmud Adherent

Bush Nominates Kol Nidre Upholding Talmudist for Attorney General

Canada Identifies U.S., "Israel" as Torture States, and then Apologizes

January 20, 2008

Witness the rabbinic double-standard at play. Torture is most certainly common procedure for “Israel” and the United States military and intelligence agencies and their proxy torturers in Syria and Egypt, but to be identified and categorized for this practice with the other torture states is completely unacceptable to them, as accurate as it may be. The moral high ground is not the objective. Only the perception of such. To state the truth and damage the carefully propped up illusion is a damnable offense–a lesson in Talmudic “morality” which Canadian officials are now learning to understand in depth. The offense is not an offense. But to identify the offense and the “chosen” offender, that is an egregious offense.

Envoys given manual on `torture awareness’

Guantanamo, China, Iran, Israel listed as possible sites for abuse

Michelle Shephard
National Security Reporter

Jan 17, 2008

While Canada’s foreign affairs officials publicly state they accept U.S. assurances that Toronto-born detainee Omar Khadr is being treated humanely, consular officials are being warned privately that Guantanamo Bay is a possible site of torture.

A Foreign Affairs Department training manual titled “Torture Awareness Workshop Reference Materials,” gives the legal definitions of torture and instructs consular officials how to detect signs of abuse of Canadians detained abroad.

Under the heading, “Possible Torture/Abuse Cases,” the manual lists Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Guantanamo Bay, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United States.

Since Khadr’s capture in July 2002, the Canadian government has accepted assurances from the U.S. government that he is being treated humanely despite the international outcry over allegations of abuse at Guantanamo.

Khadr told his lawyers that he was abused during interrogations at Guantanamo and was once left shackled for hours until he urinated on himself. When the guards returned, Khadr alleged, he had cleaning solvent poured on him and was then used as a “human mop.”

“It is disgraceful that Canada, well-aware that torture takes place in Guantanamo, has been silent about protecting Omar Khadr’s rights,” Khadr’s Canadian lawyer, Dennis Edney, said yesterday.

“They knew that torture is alive and well.”

The Canadian Press reported the manual was inadvertently released to lawyers working on a lawsuit involving abuse of Afghanistan detainees by Canadians …

Full Article:

http://www.thestar.com/article/294899

3 days later:


Canada to take Israel off torture list

By MARK WEISS, Jerusalem Post

Jan. 20, 2008

Canada plans to remove both Israel and the US from a list drawn up by the Foreign Ministry in Ottawa of countries where prisoners risk torture and abuse.

On Saturday Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier issued a statement apologizing for the fact that the two Canadian allies were included in a training manual list on torture awareness distributed to Canadian diplomats and other organizations, including Amnesty International.

“I regret the embarrassment caused by the public disclosure of the manual used in the department’s torture awareness training,” the foreign minister said. “It contains a list that wrongly includes some of our closest allies. I have directed that the manual be reviewed and rewritten. The manual is neither a policy document nor a statement of policy. As such, it does not convey the government’s views or positions.”

A Foreign Ministry spokesman in Jerusalem noted that both Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Bernier in Jerusalem last week and Bernier did not raise the issue of torture and Israeli human rights policy during the discussions.

Michael Mendel, the Israeli Embassy spokesman in Ottawa, commented on Israel’s initial inclusion in the list by noting that Israel’s Supreme Court “is on record as expressly prohibiting any type of torture. If Israel is included in the list in question, the ambassador of Israel would expect its removal,” he said.

The Canadian Foreign Affairs Department document, released Friday, singled out the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay. It also named Israel, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Syria as places where inmates could face torture.

The listing also drew a sharp response from the US, a key Canadian NATO ally and trading partner, which asked to be removed from the manual.

“We find it to be offensive for us to be on the same list with countries like Iran and China. Quite frankly it’s absurd,” US Ambassador David Wilkins said. “For us to be on a list like that is just ridiculous.”

He said the US does not authorize or condone torture. “We think it should be removed and we’ve made that request. We have voiced our opinion very forcefully,” Wilkins said.

The Canadian government inadvertently released the manual to lawyers for Amnesty International who are working on a lawsuit involving alleged abuse of Afghan detainees by local Afghan authorities, after the detainees were handed over by Canadian troops.

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Canada Identifies U.S., "Israel" as Torture States, and then Apologizes

January 20, 2008

Witness the rabbinic double-standard at play. Torture is most certainly common procedure for “Israel” and the United States military and intelligence agencies and their proxy torturers in Syria and Egypt, but to be identified and categorized for this practice with the other torture states is completely unacceptable to them, as accurate as it may be. The moral high ground is not the objective. Only the perception of such. To state the truth and damage the carefully propped up illusion is a damnable offense–a lesson in Talmudic “morality” which Canadian officials are now learning to understand in depth. The offense is not an offense. But to identify the offense and the “chosen” offender, that is an egregious offense.

Envoys given manual on `torture awareness’

Guantanamo, China, Iran, Israel listed as possible sites for abuse

Michelle Shephard
National Security Reporter

Jan 17, 2008

While Canada’s foreign affairs officials publicly state they accept U.S. assurances that Toronto-born detainee Omar Khadr is being treated humanely, consular officials are being warned privately that Guantanamo Bay is a possible site of torture.

A Foreign Affairs Department training manual titled “Torture Awareness Workshop Reference Materials,” gives the legal definitions of torture and instructs consular officials how to detect signs of abuse of Canadians detained abroad.

Under the heading, “Possible Torture/Abuse Cases,” the manual lists Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Guantanamo Bay, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United States.

Since Khadr’s capture in July 2002, the Canadian government has accepted assurances from the U.S. government that he is being treated humanely despite the international outcry over allegations of abuse at Guantanamo.

Khadr told his lawyers that he was abused during interrogations at Guantanamo and was once left shackled for hours until he urinated on himself. When the guards returned, Khadr alleged, he had cleaning solvent poured on him and was then used as a “human mop.”

“It is disgraceful that Canada, well-aware that torture takes place in Guantanamo, has been silent about protecting Omar Khadr’s rights,” Khadr’s Canadian lawyer, Dennis Edney, said yesterday.

“They knew that torture is alive and well.”

The Canadian Press reported the manual was inadvertently released to lawyers working on a lawsuit involving abuse of Afghanistan detainees by Canadians …

Full Article:

http://www.thestar.com/article/294899

3 days later:


Canada to take Israel off torture list

By MARK WEISS, Jerusalem Post

Jan. 20, 2008

Canada plans to remove both Israel and the US from a list drawn up by the Foreign Ministry in Ottawa of countries where prisoners risk torture and abuse.

On Saturday Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier issued a statement apologizing for the fact that the two Canadian allies were included in a training manual list on torture awareness distributed to Canadian diplomats and other organizations, including Amnesty International.

“I regret the embarrassment caused by the public disclosure of the manual used in the department’s torture awareness training,” the foreign minister said. “It contains a list that wrongly includes some of our closest allies. I have directed that the manual be reviewed and rewritten. The manual is neither a policy document nor a statement of policy. As such, it does not convey the government’s views or positions.”

A Foreign Ministry spokesman in Jerusalem noted that both Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Bernier in Jerusalem last week and Bernier did not raise the issue of torture and Israeli human rights policy during the discussions.

Michael Mendel, the Israeli Embassy spokesman in Ottawa, commented on Israel’s initial inclusion in the list by noting that Israel’s Supreme Court “is on record as expressly prohibiting any type of torture. If Israel is included in the list in question, the ambassador of Israel would expect its removal,” he said.

The Canadian Foreign Affairs Department document, released Friday, singled out the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay. It also named Israel, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Syria as places where inmates could face torture.

The listing also drew a sharp response from the US, a key Canadian NATO ally and trading partner, which asked to be removed from the manual.

“We find it to be offensive for us to be on the same list with countries like Iran and China. Quite frankly it’s absurd,” US Ambassador David Wilkins said. “For us to be on a list like that is just ridiculous.”

He said the US does not authorize or condone torture. “We think it should be removed and we’ve made that request. We have voiced our opinion very forcefully,” Wilkins said.

The Canadian government inadvertently released the manual to lawyers for Amnesty International who are working on a lawsuit involving alleged abuse of Afghan detainees by local Afghan authorities, after the detainees were handed over by Canadian troops.

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