Thursday, May 7, 2009

Catching up on Attorney Andrew McCarthy

If you haven't been following Andrew McCarthy's recent interactions with the Department of Justice, catching up is well worth a few moments of your time.

Andrew McCarthy is a lawyer who has served for a quarter century as an assistant U.S. attorney and a deputy U.S. marshal. In his own words: "I’ve always believed enforcing our laws and defending our nation are duties of citizenship, not ideology. My conservative political views aside, I regularly make myself available to liberal and conservative groups, to Democrats and Republicans, if they think tapping my national-security or law-enforcement experience would be beneficial." (Source given below)

Recently, Mr. McCarthy was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion to assist the President’s Detention Policy Task Force. He declined with honest regret for two reasons:

1. President Obama and Attorney General Holder have created an untenable situation for lawyers asked to advise the government on policy matters.

2. The exercise known as the “President’s Detention Policy Task Force” is a farce.

This is worth your time to read. Here's his column explaining his decision. Here's his actual letter to Attorney General Holder.

Oh, and he also takes on the Justice Department's hypocritical position on torture in this column, which is also worth your time.

In essence, nothing substantive has actually changed with regard to torture. The current administration would just like you to believe it has, since much ado was made during the campaign about how wrong enhanced interrogation is. Note that even while denouncing it, Pres. Obama has carefully left a loophole so that enhanced interrogation may be used if absolutely necessary. (NPR story here).

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