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Liberate the OPR Report

Remember the OPR Report–the one that was due done about 8 months ago? The one that showed how John Yoo’s bad lawyer contributed to torture?

Whatever happened to that?

The Alliance for Justice and Credo are doing a petition today to pressure Eric Holder to release the report.

The Department of Justice has been investigating the infamous “torture memos” since 2004. A report on the findings was expected by June of this year. More than four months later, we are still is waiting to hear from the Justice Department on exactly who authorized the use of torture by American men and women.

The lack of public information about how torture was approved keeps the focus on the actions of CIA interrogators, rather than investigating those who designed, ordered, and justified torture. For the past five years, while the facts have been concealed, questions about the responsibility of the lawyers who allowed torture have been debated in the court of public opinion while they should be settled in a court of law. Releasing the report is the first step in establishing accountability.

Click through to sign the petition.

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Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.