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Rep. Nadler initiated into “Not Stupid Members of Congress”

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Scott Horton, calling attention to a spot-on op/ed in the NYTimes, calls for consequences for the medical professionals, including but not limited to doctors, involved in torture, and harangues the shameful actions of the APA (American Pyschological Association) to shield their members.

Horton also links to a story involving Rep. Jerold Nadler, who seems to understand the gravity of the actions of Yoo et al. Nadler has done an end-run around the DOJ and referred the “torture memos” and the pre-Margolis OPR Report to the state bar associations of John Yoo and Jay Bybee.

Nadler issued a statement that included the following:

“Setting aside the disagreement over what state ethics rules require, everyone agrees that the legal advice provided by attorneys Yoo and Bybee – advice that was used by the Bush administration to justify waterboarding – was seriously flawed and did not meet the Department of Justice’s own standards of conduct. This should never have happened, and I will continue working to ensure that the appropriate corrective steps are taken so that it does not happen in the future.

At the same time, the relevant officials in the states where attorneys Yoo and Bybee are licensed to practice law have authority to determine whether further investigation or disciplinary action is warranted. These states do not need a referral from the Department of Justice in order to interpret and enforce the standards of professional responsibility and ethics against their members.

For that reason, I am forwarding to the relevant state bars copies of the OPR reports, and other materials, and asking that they review the documents to determine whether, under their laws, rules and procedures, any further action is warranted.”

Rep. Nadler, I hearby initiate you into the extraordinarily small organization, “Not Stupid Members of Congress”.

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Written by sticksinthehead

3 March 2010 at 11:11 pm

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