Daniel Levin

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Daniel Levin, according to ProPublica, "took the helm of the Office of Legal Counsel in August, 2004, [when] the administration was faced with the recent disclosure of an Aug. 1, 2002 memo that endorsed even the harshest interrogation tactics, so long as they didn't inflict pain tantamount to 'organ failure... or even death.' He repudiated the earlier memo, and was soon told that he would not be nominated to officially lead the Office of Legal Counsel. He resigned.

Bush Administration War on Terror Memos

ProPublica notes that "the Bush administration’s "war on terror" - including its controversial policies on detentions, interrogations and warrantless wiretapping - were all underpinned by legal memoranda. While some of those memos have been released ... the former administration chose to keep many others secret, citing security and confidentiality concerns. The decision to release them now lies with President Obama. To help inform the debate - and inject an extra dose of accountability - we’re posting a list of the relevant memos, both public and secret." [1]

Memo authors include John C. Yoo, Steven G. Bradbury, Jay Bybee, James B. Comey, Robert J. Delahunty, Jack Goldsmith, James Ho, Daniel Levin, Patrick Philbin, legal architects (and some internal critics) of the Bush Administration's use of torture and detention policies now being reversed or reviewed by the Obama Administration.

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