Daphne Eviatar


Lawyer and freelance journalist Daphne Eviatar discusses the upcoming release of the DOJ misconduct investigation OCR report, the possible impeachment of federal judge (and former White House OLC lawyer) Jay Bybee, the numerous excuses Obama and Eric Holder invent to avoid prosecuting Bush administration officials, the Republican fear of public trials for terrorism suspects and how Holder’s guarantee of terrorist convictions suggests that the justice system is rigged.

MP3 here. (27:55)

Daphne Eviatar is a lawyer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Legal Affairs, Mother Jones, the Washington Independent and many others. She is a Senior Reporter at The American Lawyer and was an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow in 2005 and a Pew International Journalism fellow in 2002.

5 thoughts on “Daphne Eviatar”

  1. On the decision to try KSM in a New York courtroom :
    " I don't think, ah, it will be offensive at all when he's convicted, ah, and the death penalty is applied to him."
    President Obama, Nov. 18, 2009
    If that's the way he feels, then why bother with a trial at all?

    1. Basically what he's saying is our civil courts are up to the task of ensuring a conviction and execution for the accused- no special tribunals needed. Isn't the rule of law great?

  2. Best regards to Daphne Eviatar.

    The “Justice” Department is so corrupt, so politically-driven that it’s unlikely anything will be done about these scumbags Yoo, Bybee, et al. As for the “Justice” Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility: Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?!

  3. Daphne Eviatar, thank you. You used phrases that need to be utterred with no regret and all conviction:


    Think of all the times we have heard U.S. Government members utter: doing nothing is not an option, if we don't do something we will all suffer(some consequence).

    By the way, no one needs to qualify analysis of the motives for aggression against Americans with "I'm not justifying their actions". Please, stop it.

    If one accepts that the U.S. aggressed against people in foreign countries, maybe there is justification.

    Thanks for the interview, Scott.

  4. Innocent until proven guilty applies to the state's supposed courtroom standards, not private opinions. And I don't remember the context, are you sure I wasn't talking about Dick Cheney and George Bush?


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