Author: Officials feared wiretaps over opposing torture memo
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and David Shuster talked with Jane Mayer who is author of a new book, “The Dark Side.” Mayer’s book looks at the treatment of prisoners captured by the U.S. during the pursuit of Al Qaeda.
Mayer reports that several lawyers in the Justice Department we concerned that their own government might being spying on them due to their opposition to a memo that essentially allowed torture of detainees.
Mayer told David Shuster, “The scene that you are talking about is when two of the top lawyers in the Bush administration, Jim Comey who was the number two in the Justice Department and Jack Goldsmith who ran the Office of Legal Council, were trying hard to put the country back on what they thought was a legal footing when it came to how to treat prisoners. They remember trying to take away the torture memo and replace it with something that was more responsible. And as they were working on this, they became so paranoid that the Vice President’s office was either trying to push back in some way, they thought they might be being wiretapped, they thought they might be in physical danger. The fights were that intense. I can’t tell you how passionate and hard fought these fights were inside this government.”
This video is from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, broadcast July 21, 2008.