Chief of Staff, and former legal counsel, to Dick Cheney.
War crime charge(s):
Complicity in the commission of a war crime – torture, ill-treatment of detainees.
Helped write the policy papers justifying torture and maintaining that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to detainees at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib (http://www.nndb.com/people/575/000107254/). Helped to shape an August 2002 opinion from the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that said torture might be justified in some cases. Principal author of November 2001 memo establishing military commissions. Advised on March 2003 memo justifying torture.
Vice President for Domestic and Economic Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation, Washington DC