"Oct. 23, 2001 An Office of Legal Counsel memo titled "Re Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities Within the United States" states that domestic military operations involving terrorism are not regulated by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches and seizures on U.S. soil.
Jan. 25, 2002 An Office of Legal Counsel memo concludes that the War Crimes Act and the Geneva Conventions do not apply to the treatment and interrogation of al-Qaeda prisoners."
I thought that I had known some tough, ruthless "customers" over the decades, but now I see that they were mostly "wusses." All those Special Forces soldiers and intelligence people, they just did not "measure up" as tough guys compared to Washington lawyers like the ones cited in this article.
Modern day "Torquemadas" in single needle suits and hand made English shoes.
One must wonder if was mere ambition or a conviction of the rectitude of illegal search and seizure inflicted on American citizens that appealed more to these lawyers in writing these papers. Maybe it was the fees. Ah. No. These were government types, at least for the season.
I suspect that it was ambition.
To make all this even more bitter, the plan clearly was to use American soldiers to do much of this. (Irony Alert) How grand an idea! In this way American soldiers could be trained to think that such behavior is appropriate. pl