On June 22, TCP and a coalition of human rights, civil liberties, and faith organizations wrote to members of Congress to express serious concerns regarding the nomination of Steven G. Bradbury for General Counsel of the Department of Transportation.
“Mr. Bradbury’s role in justifying torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of individuals held in U.S. custody marked him as an architect of the torture program,” the groups wrote. “Not only should the Senate be concerned about confirming a nominee who had a central role in the criminal violation of human rights, but his work during that period calls into question his ability to provide the kind of rigorous, independent legal analyses that is required of any top government lawyer.”
Mr. Bradbury served as the head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2005 until 2009, during which time he authored several of the now-infamous “torture memos.” The groups noted that, after reviewing the memos, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded “that they raised questions about the objectivity and reasonableness of Mr. Bradbury’s analyses; that Mr. Bradbury relied on uncritical acceptance of executive branch assertions; and that in some cases Mr. Bradbury’s legal conclusions were inconsistent with the plain meaning and commonly held understandings of the law.”
The groups called on senators, in reviewing Mr. Bradbury’s nomination, to “take these serious and disturbing factors into consideration.”
The letter is available here.