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Dissecting the Torture Memos

5 Pages Posted: 14 May 2009 Last revised: 9 Jun 2009

Ofer Raban

University of Oregon - School of Law

Date Written: May 13, 2009


Although the media are replete with contradictory allegations regarding the merit of the recently released "torture memos," it is difficult to find a clear, concise analysis allowing for an independent evaluation. This very short piece (4 pages long) attempts to supply such an analysis of the memos' principal claims. It demonstrates the utter frivolity of the memos' legal reasoning, and concludes by suggesting that their authors' clear professional failures should result in sanctions for professional-ethics violations.

Keywords: torture, guantanamo, bybee, yoo, office of legal counsel

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Raban, Ofer, Dissecting the Torture Memos (May 13, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Ofer Raban (Contact Author)

University of Oregon - School of Law ( email )

1515 Agate Street
Eugene, OR Oregon 97403
United States

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