One of the tasks of professional ethics is to cover for miscreant members of the profession--or so it seems, once again."WASHINGTON After five years of often bitter internal debate, the Justice Department concluded in a report released Friday that the lawyers who gave legal justification to the Bush administrations brutal interrogation tactics for terrorism suspects used flawed legal reasoning but were not guilty of professional misconduct."

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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