Russia on Saturday banned 18 Americans from entering the country in response to Washington imposing sanctions on 18 Russians for alleged human rights violations.
The list released by the Foreign Ministry includes John Yoo, a former U.S. Justice Department official who wrote legal memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques; David Addington, the chief of staff for former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney; and two former commanders of the Guantanamo Bay detention center: retired Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller and Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson.
The move came a day after the U.S. announced its sanctions under the Magnitsky Law, named for Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian police officials of stealing $230 million in tax rebates. He died in prison the next year, allegedly after being beaten and denied medical treatment.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Have to admit, it's a solid list of deserving candidates
Tit-for-tat and all that:
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Not that Yoo or Addington are much interested in travel to Russia, busy as they have been trying to turn the U.S. into an authoritarian analogue of that blighted country to the east.
Still, it's funny that we're now in the midst of an "our oligarchs are better than your oligarchs" pissing match with the former Soviet Union.
Did anyone in 1988 think it would come to this?
cheeney ain't on the list?
Now if only the US would ban them from re-entry the next time they go overseas.
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