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  •  What are the chances of the ABA signing on (3+ / 0-)
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    buckhorn okie, StrayCat, PurpleMyst

    to this? That would truly add establishment weight to the idea of the legal profession acting accountably and responsibly. Sadly, when it's only the Velvet Revolution leading the way, and not the ABA, that hardly creates the impression that "torturers and torturer apologists are not welcome in {the legal} profession."

    But I suspect that my question is largely rhetorical. National professional societies generally avoid anything that can be remotely construed as controversial. Maintaining membership (i.e.,not alienating anyone because a principled stand might be seen as having a political dimension) becomes the more important priority. Hence, the defeaning silence of the ABA during the last eight years about not only torture, but the grave constitutional concerns inherent in the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, abuse of signing statements, and many other overreaches of executive power.

    "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

    by flitedocnm on Mon May 18, 2009 at 10:00:03 AM PDT

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