by Edward S. Herman
A New York Times editorial describes the four recently released legal justifications for torture written by Roger Bybee, John Yoo and company as “a journey into depravity"…
Dear Prof. Herman:
By way of introduction, I’ve enjoyed and cited your work for the past 25 years, and our work has sometimes appeared together in the now-departed Lies of Our Times and Z magazine.
In recent weeks, I’ve taken a lot of kidding from friends about supposedly being related to Jay Bybee, the despicable author of pro-torture memos for the Bush Administration. But I’ve never been, until now, directly accused myself of writing the memos. I have been guilty of many things, but not advocating torture.
Now, I haven’t researched the genealogical charts, so I cannot claim with certainty that there is no absolutely no remote blood linkage between Jay Bybee and I.
And true, Jay Bybee and I have never been seen at the same place at the same time.
So you will merely have to take me at my word when I assure you definitively that Jay Bybee and I are not the same person, nor have I ever written any pro-torture memos.
In fact, Jay Bybee probably believes that people like me should be incarcerated and tortured as an essential pre-emptive step against terrorism.
Thanks for providing a good laugh. All the best, Roger Bybee