Phil Carter has some thoughts on a DoD legal memo about torture. Read them now. I especially like the idea that “authority to set aside the laws” is “inherent in the President.” GWB, meet James II.
Phil doesn’t note the delicious irony of arguing on the one hand that Guanatanamo is outside the United States for the purpose of denying jursdiction to U.S. courts and at the same time that it’s inside the United States for the prupose of denying that laws dealing with crimes abroad apply there.
I warned Phil four years ago that a specific kind of moral rot is a statistically predictable risk of going to law school. Perhaps this story will convince him (too late, of course; he’s already graduated) that I was right.