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Facebook hires a Torture Justifier for General Counsel

Facebook announced today that it is hiring Ted Ullyot, former aide to disgraced Atty General Alberto Gonzales as its General Counsel. FB executive Elliot Schrage crows that: “Ted’s arrival really demonstrates we’re a little more grown-up.” So what’s this Big Guy been up to? A peek at his accomplishments:

Served as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.Worked as the top lawyer for AOL Time Warner in Europe.Joined Gonzales at the Department of Justice as a deputy assistant and deputy staff secretary in 2003, earning a promotion to chief of staff. Along with Raul Yanes, coordinated the White House’s response to the investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. The case ended with Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief-of-staff Scotter Libby’s conviction.As assistant to Gonzalez when he was the White House counsel, helped craft the infamous "torture memo," which argued for ways the Bush administration could forgo the Geneva Conventions in order to prosecute the War on Terror.

I joined Facebook when Firedoglake started a fb group. I’ve appreciated tremendously the opportunity to make friends, share interests, receive and offer support to people, most of whom I’ll never be able to meet face to face. But, if Facebook sticks to its decision to use a man who justified torture and helped stonewall outing a CIA agent–among other offenses–then this grown up will be closing down her account.

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Laura Doty

Laura Doty