It's About Time Somebody Paid!

... for all the torture that agents of the U.S. government have committed in my and your name over the past few years ... and now somebody just might!

Seems Jose Padilla, the so-called "dirty bomber" that Ashcroft made a big deal about having been arrested, but five years later was tried for conspiring to kill people in a overseas jihad and to fund overseas terrorist organizations — funny; no mention of a "dirty bomb" at the trial — is suing former Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Yoo for having written legal opinions that justified Padilla's detention in a military brig — remember, he's a U.S. citizen, entitled to the same rights of habeas corpus as the rest of us were before Bush signed the Military Commissions Act — and his torture at the hands of military interrogators, which pretty much drove him insane before he was eventually handed over to civilian authorities.

The suit against Yoo was filed yesterday morning in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and though we haven't seen the suit papers, it's likely a "1983 action ," meaning that Yoo exceeded his authority as a federal employee in justifying Padilla's detention as an "enemy combatant" — a phrase which still has no constitutional meaning — and justifying the torture committed upon him.

"John Yoo is the first person in American history to provide the legal authorization for the institution of torture in the U.S.," said Jonathan Freiman, an attorney representing Padilla in the suit. "He [Yoo] was an absolutely essential part of what will be viewed by history as a group of rogue officials acting under color of law to undermine fundamental rights. It never would have happened without that legal green light. That made it possible."


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