This failure has continued in spite of a worldwide trend of holding high government officials accountable for human-rights violations.
Chuck Turchick, MinnPost
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Detainees sitting in a holding area at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay / Reuters
(This week) is the anniversary of two tragedies. Five years ago the 35W bridge collapsed, 13 people died, and dozens of others were injured. We cut corners and people died. The other anniversary, equally tragic, won't get as much attention in this state. This tragedy is ongoing, and the lessons have not yet been learned.
Ten years ago, the so-called "torture memos" were written for President George W. Bush. Those were the memos, authored by the Justice Department's John Yoo and Jay Bybee, that defined torture so narrowly that it was virtually defined out of existence. After those memos became public, they were repudiated by the Bush Justice Department and deemed "inoperative."