WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday renominated Steven G. Bradbury to be an assistant attorney general in a move certain to be controversial because of Mr. Bradbury’s link to Justice Department memorandums authorizing the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects.
Mr. Bradbury, who is from Maryland, has been serving as acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department, in effect the department’s lawyer. If confirmed, he would become the office’s permanent head.
In his capacity as acting head, Mr. Bradbury came under intense scrutiny last fall when it was disclosed that he was the author of a pair of secret legal opinions that endorsed rough techniques for suspects in the custody of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Keep in mind, Bradbury wrote these greenlight-for-torture memos after the Abu Ghraib broke and after the administration had publicly (and lying -ly) disavowed the previous pro-torture memos, calling them "abhorrent."
Also, note to NYT: "rough techniques"? It's not like Khaled Sheikh Mohamed got sent for some special time with an S&M hooker.