DOJ to investigate waterboarding.
Speaking of Augustine…the Department of Justice has announced an investigation into waterboarding–sort of. Not a criminal investigation, of course–Attorney General Mukasey has already promised not to look into that (thank you, Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein). Rather, DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate “the department’s legal approval for waterboarding of Qaeda suspects by the CIA,” according to the New York Times.
The disclosure by H. Marshall Jarrett, the head of the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, was the first official acknowledgment of an internal review of the legal memorandums the department has issued since 2002 that authorized waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods.
Mr. Jarrett’s report could become the first public accounting for legal advice that endorsed methods widely denounced as torture by human rights groups and legal authorities. His office can refer matters for criminal prosecution; legal experts said the most likely outcome was a public critique of the legal opinions on interrogation, noting that Mr. Jarrett had the power to reprimand or to seek the disbarment of current or former Justice Department lawyers.