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From Center for American Progress:

While serving as acting assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in 2004, Daniel Levin criticized a March 2003 OLC memo written by then-DOJ official John Yoo that authorized torture. Levin replaced it with a December 2004 memo that declared torture and other harsh interrogation techniques “abhorrent.” But when Gonzales became Attorney General in February 2005, he asked Levin to leave the Department. Levin — who had determined that waterboarding was torture after going to a military base to undergo it himself — was viewed as “too independent.” At the time of his ouster, Levin was writing a second memo detailing the legal status of specific techniques, including waterboarding. ABC News reports that Gonzales offered him a job at the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s office in order to avoid scrutiny for firing Levin immediately after the memo was written, though that offer never materialized.

Written by Leisureguy

20 June 2008 at 10:41 am

Posted in Bush Administration, GOP, Government

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