Steven Bradbury, a former George W. Bush administration official who authored legal memos authorizing "enhanced interrogation techniques" that have been regarded as torture, has been nominated to be General Counsel of Transportation.
Bradbury, who is a litigation partner at Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C., was spotted at the White House in March.
In May 2005, Bradbury wrote three memos, including one that authorized the use of 13 different techniques to use against high value detainees, which included dietary manipulation, facial slap or insult slap, cramped confinement, water dousing and waterboarding. The memos later became known as the "torture memos."
Bradbury was Acting Assistant Attorney General from 2005 to 2007, and headed the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2005 to 2009. He was nominated for assistant attorney general — but was blocked in the Senate because of the 2005 memo.