45 has nominated Steven Bradbury—a key player in the U.S. torture regime—to serve as General Counsel in the Department of Transportation. Bradbury should be facing accountability for what he did, not rewarded.
WHO IS STEVEN BRADBURY?
From 2005 to 2009, Bradbury was the acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel within the Justice Department. This office is extremely powerful, as it issues legal opinions to guide the executive branch.
Mr. Bradbury is infamous for writing memos that amounted to permission slips for the U.S. government to use torture. Based largely on the authorizations that he and his legal team wrote, the U.S. government committed horrific torture and cruel treatment against people detained in the name of national security. The specifics are disgusting.Waterboarding. Extreme sleep deprivation (some for up to 180 hours). Shackling to the ceiling (even with broken feet). Mock executions, Sexual assault, threatening their families, locking people in small boxes that resembled dog crates or coffins.
Steven Bradbury helped this happen. By providing legal cover through his “torture memos,” he authorized cruel techniques that destroyed people’s lives. His legal analysis was problematic at best, and criminal at worst. [Indivisible] Bradbury is an incompetent attorney with no moral compass. If torture facilitators are rewarded, the practice will continue.
Take a minute to call our Senators (L.A. numbers work). Its OK to call this week-end and leave a message:
Vote NO on Steven Bradbury for General Counsel in the Department of Transportation. He wrote the legally problematic Bush torture memos, is an incompetent attorney with no moral compass, and should not be rewarded.
Senator Kamala Harris