Jay Bybee

I don’t really have much to add to what’s being said by the usual progressive blogosphere suspects on the subject of the torture memos or torture in general. But it is worth emphasizing the chilling fact that one of the principle authors of this nonsense, Jay Bybee, is now a federal judge on the 9th Circuit.

That’s a pretty outrageous situation. But it’s also something that, completely apart from prosecuting anyone, the country can do something about. I think the case for impeaching him on the grounds of misconduct would be pretty clear. And though as Jonathan Zasloff says, he could almost certainly round up enough pro-torture votes in the Senate to avoid removal, it’s at least something folks can be put on the record about.