Department of Justice

Acronym: 
DoJ
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Patrick Philbin

Torture Connection: 
Pushed the constitutional envelope to justify war without rules
  • B.A. 1989 Yale; J.D. 1992, Harvard
  • Clerked for D.C. Circuit Court judge Lawrence Silberman, U.S. Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas
  • Diploma in Legal Studies, 1995, Cambridge University
  • Corporate law practice, Kirkland and Ellis, 1995-2001
  • 2001-2003, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
  • 2003-2005, Associate Deputy Attorney General for National Security
  • 2005-present, Kirkland and Ellis

Alberto Gonzales

Torture Connection: 
The rubber stamp
  • Born 1955, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Attended U.S. Air Force Academy. Graduated from Rice University, Harvard Law School.
  • Associate, eventually partner with Houston law firm, Vinson and Ellis.
  • Became General Counsel to then-governor George W. Bush, who appointed him as Secretary of State and then Texas Supreme Court Justice.
  • Served as White House Counsel, then Attorney General under President Bush. Resigned in 2007 under suspicion of improperly dismissing U.S. attorneys.
  • Since his resignation, he has reportedly encountered difficulty in finding a law firm that would hire him and has earned his income from speaking engagements.

Robert Delahunty

Torture Connection: 
The coauthor
  • Born in New York City, attended a Jesuit high school
  • 1968, B.A. Columbia University
  • 1970, B.A.  in classics, Oxford University
  • 1972, B. Phil. in philosophy, Oxford University
  • 1972-80, taught philosophy in England and Scotland
  • 1983, J.D. Harvard School of Law
  • 1983-86, private practice of law, Sullivan and Cromwell, New York
  • 1986-91, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1992-2002, Special Counsel, Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice
  • 2002-03, Deputy General Counsel, White House Office of Homeland Security
  • 2004-present, Associate Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

John Yoo

Torture Connection: 
Legal mind of the testicle-crushers
  • Born 1967, in Seoul, Korea.
  • B.A.in U.S. History, 1989, Harvard University
  • J.D. 1992, Yale Law School

Jay Bybee

Torture Connection: 
Signed off on Yoo's "Torture Memos"
  • Born 1953, Oakland, California.
  • B.A., J.D., Brigham Young University
  • Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, during the Reagan administration
  • Professor of Law, Louisiana State University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas