Oh, Poor Judge Bybee!

Pravda reports that Federal Judge Jay Bybee, who “interpreted” the law to mean that it was perfectly okay for George W. Bush to slam people against the wall 30 times in a row after keeping them awake for a month chained to the ceiling and forced to evacuate on themselves when they weren’t being locked in tiny little boxes or drowned almost to death over and over again, feels really, really bad about it! He was under a lot of time pressure!

That’s right. Bybee now says he “regrets that the memo was misused,” and that “the spirit of liberty has left the republic.”

Well, let’s just hope that when this most guilty of law-breaking felons finally dies in prison (if not the Salt-Pit torture dungeon outside of Kabul), someone will make sure to etch on his gravestone that “Here Lies the Man Who Tortured and Murdered the Spirit of Liberty in the Republic.”

Oh, who am I kidding? For him to go to jail would require the spirit of liberty in the republic he killed. It’s too late. There is no law.

And another thing: None of this is hyperbole. Jay Bybee is a criminal. He is a disgrace to mankind. These are just plain facts. No proud, red-blooded American should be too shy to say so. The fact that he’s sending his friends out to say boo hoo for him now means absolutely nothing. Plenty of convicted murderers and torturers claim they regret it. Find Jesus and everything. The only difference between them and him is that he’s a government employee. That’s all. See? No law. Just will. And torture.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of Antiwar.com, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.

31 thoughts on “Oh, Poor Judge Bybee!”

  1. Gen. Batiste said last night on Olbermann, “we (America) need to own this.” The torture. The high crimes and misdemeanors. The treason. That’s the bottom line in the entire Bushco disaster. The constitutional treason. The Constitution of the United States of America. You know, the document that used to mean something? The document that means squat at present. For Precedent Obama, Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Powell, and fill in the political blank. Bybee is a whining insufferable treasonous prick. The man should face a firing squad. As should, back to that list again so, fill in the blank.
    America does need to own this cancer, get professional help, and excise the cancer.

    1. At least, bless him with the flaming bag of dog sh*t.

      Lester Ness

  2. If America doesn’t start dealing with what has been done in our name, with our money, then the end is closer than any of us imagine. The Constitution has become a dead letter. The entire Bush crowd, the Stepford republicans, and the democratic leadership enablers, all need to be tried for treason. If this doesn’t qualify as a constitutional crises, I don’t know what does.

    And while we’re at it, Obama’s bombing of Pakistan qualifies as a war crime, too. What part of that can’t the MSM, and the American people, get their arms around?

    1. We’ll keep rolling along, perhaps, but becoming more and more autocratic in practice. The well-off, well-connected, will get all the traditional rights. The poor, the dissident, etc., will get the torture chamber, the informal private prison, perhaps death from being thrown from a helo into the sea.

      Lester Ness

  3. Many ‘Americans’ continue to hold the illusion that American officials would not engage in the same types of behaviour that they so often accuse,condemen,and try other officials of of other countries for.And if they happened to use that same methods ,they were forced to do so because of the circmistances.That American officials must have good reasons,but which the others never have.And it is for the good of all.The others are evil ,Americans are angels.

  4. You really don’t have to speculate. Tim R. is most likely hiding under his bed…wetting his pants…in total terror that the Muslim bugeyman is going to come find him. He knows that the Muslims will certainly be more aggressive since we are “too weak” to be proud of our torturing. LOL. The sad thing is Obama is probably continuing the practice in secret…or through renditions…but had taken the tactical step of trying to pull our allies together rather than being unilateral…but whatever.

  5. Well, let’s just hope that when this most guilty of law-breaking felons finally dies in prison (if not the Salt-Pit torture dungeon outside of Kabul), someone will make sure to etch on his gravestone that “Here Lies the Man Who Tortured and Murdered the Spirit of Liberty in the Republic.”

    Oh, who am I kidding?

    Indeed, Not only will byby NOT go to prison, he will live a very comfortable life off the taxpayer.

  6. ALL of these criminals need to be tried and when found guilty, punished. I am personally against the death penalty. This state does more than enough killing in our name as it is.
    Better yet, give the guilty LIFE, with NO chance ever of parole or pardon. That would be life at making small rocks from big rocks, with a daily quota. Not enough small rocks made in a day, no supper for that inmate. THAT would almost be a start to proper punishment for these felons.
    These “officials” took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. I also took an oath to defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic when I enlisted in the US Marines back in 1968. Never was asked to revoke that oath when I was honorably discharged. Many other veterans think the oath we all took is still valid, that is why many veterans are absolutely outraged at the crimes committed by our “leaders”.
    Enough of their crimes. Arrest them, try them, and if found guilty, off to the rock pile, for LIFE!

  7. Bob believes the end is closer than any of us imagine. This implies that the end is coming soon. Perhaps the end has already passed us by and a number of people, including Bob above, are in denial about this. The Constitution is indeed a dead letter and has been for a very long time. Politicians have been blood sucking parasites, liars, thieves, and murderers since time began.

    There is no constitutional crisis, merely business as usual. To expect politicians to correct this nightmare is a fantasy. My question is: what part of a stateless society can’t the American people wrap their little minds around?

    1. But at the End, “the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.”

      Lester Ness

  8. He can’t be a criminal because he is above the law. He is, however, a miscreant.

  9. I agree. He’s a real a-hole for trying to backtrack. He wrote the thing and signed his name to it, and his memo is very clear.

  10. Either this is the best government money can buy or we have values that will force our administrators to enforce existing laws against the co-conspiring Christians who perpetrated these crimes in all of our names.

    Getting close to the end of democracy if something serious isn’t done!


      We are a Constitutional Republic.

      Or at least, we used to be.

      What are you going to DO about this?

  11. I love all you brave American keyboard warriors battling it out and lobbing over scathing salvos at the “criminals” in your country.

    The “war” against those who committ crimes in your name is almost won, while they, the criminals, march freely in your streets, where you dare NOT go.

    1. I love you for loving us. Thank you for the compliments about our bravery.

  12. Fine. A lot of other people are finally coming around to the sentiment I’ve been harboring for a long time now. e.g. since my ambivalence over the invasion of Afghanistan turned into full-blown wariness and horror when talk of invading Iraq began. I (along with many others) recognized early the occult behind this group of Satan worshippers that currently has our People in the grip of their big houee of horrors.

    So now that most people see this criminal US regime for what it is, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

    It’s all fine and nice and patriotic to call for the trial and conviction of these people, but what, in actuality, are you going to do?

    Are you going to call your congressman or senator? Pen a letter to your local newspaper editor? Write a comment on a blog? Don’t make me laugh. This is like children throwing sand in the playground.

    The People are going to have to get a whole lot angrier–and I mean angry to the point of being willing to die for your convictions–if anything is to change.

    This system is the most corrupt in mankind. I qualify this by the fact that the human scum that occupies the highest offices in our country highjacked the legacy of a once great nation, carrying on only as facade the spirit of the Republic, hiding behind laws that they have twisted to suit their purposes, and used your hard work and ingenuity as a hammer with which to beat you down and keep you down.

    So, I ask again: what are you going to do?

    1. Here’s one suggestion: Since roughly 70% of the U.S. economy is driven by consumer spending, a theoretically extremely powerful way for the people (“the shop till you drop” consuming masses) to express their anger and disgust at the whole rotten system AND demand fundamental change – would be either to stop shopping outright or greatly curtail it (i.e. by purchasing food, medicines and other necessities ONLY). This, if I’m not mistaken, would bring the economy to a virtual standstill and would cause complete hysteria, to say the least, within the growth- and profit-obsessed gov’t, MSM, corporations and all other entities of the corrupt elite. The billion dollar question, of course, is: HOW does one get the masses to STOP shopping? Such a nationwide action would need, at the very least, a charismatic spokesperson – someone who’s a “household name” in every household – first to suggest the idea and then to encourage and motivate the people so that it’s actually carried out nationwide and over a period of days, weeks, or hopefully even months. But I’ll say no more. My suggestion is an complete illusion with no chance whatsoever of success.

      1. How do we benefit by bringing down the retail sector? What about the things we need? Where do we buy them after the stores are all closed down?

        People don’t give up power voluntarily and the politicians are focused on keeping it. If people were to begin demanding (in large numbers) the changes they want, the politicians would then do something. It would also help to toss out the corrupt Congress in much larger numbers. That they are able to get the sheep to still vote for them rather than tossing them out that they only have to listen to whoever is funding their campaign with certain expectations.

        1. My response to “Fan of Raimondo and Garris”:

          Thanks for your feedback. I don’t agree with you, however. If the general public were to stop its needless and wildly excessive shopping, which is responsible in large part for the accumulation of unsustainable levels of creditcard and household debt (the weekend trip to the mall has unfortunately become a national pastime and addiction, much like Monday-night football), this would immediately grab the complete attention of the vested interests. The things we need (food, medicines, clothing) we would always be able to purchase at supermarkets, pharmacies and clothing outlets, since there is no real danger these segments of the retail sector would close down on account of a shopping boycott.

          The claim that “if people begin demanding (in large numbers) the changes they want, the politicians would then do something” simply isn’t true. A good example is the nationwide public outrage in late 2008 shortly before the presidential election, when members of Congress were inundated with angry calls from their constituents demanding (by a margin of 9:1, if I remember correctly) rejection of the first financial bailout – DESPITE the shameless lobbying, arm-twisting and pleading of the quintessential corporate toadies Bush, Paulson, Obama and McCain for its passage. In its first vote, the House of Representatives REJECTED the bailout – much to the handwringing astonishment of the Establishment and the MSM. And then: a few days later the industry-beholden Senate passed a “revised and improved” version of the bailout, which the industry-beholden House then passed as well. Thus, despite intense and widespread public demand, the crooks and cronies in the banking industry basically got everything they wanted – not to mention the untold billions more they’ve received in the following months right up to today.

          A sustained, nationwide shopping boycott in my opinion would also be the ONLY way to end both criminal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: If the public stopped shopping (except for essentials), the economy would come to a standstill. The public would have the Establishment by its throat and could pretty much demand anything it wanted IN EXCHANGE FOR a return to business = shopping as usual.

  13. Trying to get the American populace stirred up about torture in their name is akin to (as a friend of mine put it) blowing a bugle at a can of dog food – it is a waste of time; it might have been a horse once, but now it is just a can of meat.

  14. Richard,
    Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Tragic, but true. For example, just consider how quickly the “outrage” of the American populace evaporated last autumn with regard to the first financial bailout: After the House miraculously rejected the bailout in its first vote (see my post above just before yours), the public started having “second thoughts” about the matter: Maybe Bush, Paulson, Bernanke, Obama, McCain and Chicken Little WERE right that the sky would fall, unemployment would skyrocket and martial law might have to be declared (to quell public unrest) if they DIDN’T bailout the banksters with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars from untold numbers of future generations. And lo and behold, just a few days later the “revised bailout package” sailed through both the House and the Senate. Since then, i.e. in the last 6 months, with the exception of a little consternation about Wall St. bonuses, I can’t recall the American populace getting “stirred up”, let alone outraged about anything. Pathetic.

    1. Most Americans assume that bad things don’t happen to nice people who think positive thoughts. When this fails, they blame conspiracies, anything but admit their own mistakes.

      Lester Ness

  15. Speaking of banks bailout,after getting billions of the citizen’s money they turned around started raising credit cards fees and interest rates.Talk about bitting the hands tthat deed you!

  16. Bless him with the flaming bag of dog sh*t, someone.

    Lester Ness

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