The Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States assured the Supreme Court that even non-citizens held as “unlawful combatants” would not be subjected to torture, eight hours before the Abu Ghraib photos were shown on CBS News.

No doubt Mr. Clement thought he was telling the truth. But if I were one of the Justices, I think I might be a little bit peeved.

At least this make sense of Gen. Myers’s request to CBS News to postpone showing the photos.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com