Via his roommate at BYU, this morning’s Washington Post reports that Torture Memo author Judge Jay Bybee is tortured by self-pity.
“Jay would be the sort of lawyer who would say, ‘Look, I’ll give you the legal advice, but it’s up to someone else to make the policy decision whether you implement it,’ ” said Randall Guynn, who roomed with Bybee at Brigham Young University and remains close.
In other words, “Its not my fault those evil men used my advice to justify torture.” Is Bybee then standing by his legal opinion?
Neither Guynn nor his brother, Steve, who also roomed with Bybee, recalled the judge distancing himself from the memos. But in the years since the first memo became public, Bybee left that sense with some.
Where is the personal responsibility? Where is the moral compass?
Since moving to Utah years ago, I am frequently reminded that without religion there is no morality.
If morality – the sense of right vs wrong — is derived exclusivily from religion, and Bybee’s religious training is straight from the bosum of The LDS Church… Is it possible the training at BYU Law School is at odds with religious doctrine? Or is Bybee a weak-kneed, ambitious, self-serving schmuck with a pretty face?
Bybee’s friends said he never sought the job at the Office of Legal Counsel. The reason he went back to Washington, Guynn said, was to interview with then-White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales for a slot that would be opening on the 9th Circuit when a judge retired. The opening was not yet there, however, so Gonzales asked, “Would you be willing to take a position at the OLC first?” Guynn said.
I can only imagine what must be going on in Bybee’s head. “Dang. I got caught.”
Bybee should take this opportunity to become a ‘man.’ Otherwise, he’s going to face the fasted impeachment in history. Three Senators have already called for his resignation.
What is he waiting for?