OK, everyone who has studied the unitary executive theory of the presidency, raise your hand. Anyone? A former prosecutor examines what's behind Bush's legal fig leaf.
Does it lessen the horror to admit that this is not the first time the
US government has used torture to wipe out political opponents? The
exclusion of the impact of the School of the Americas on war crimes in El
Salvador, Argentina and Panama from our current debate on torture is
evidence of our collective amnesia.
Bush brings a robust simplicity to the business of news
management: Where possible, buy journalists to turn out favorable
stories. And if you think you can get away with it, shoot them or blow
Capitalizing on Bob Woodward's revelation that he was one of the first
to learn about Valerie Plame's CIA status, Scooter Libby's legal team
hopes that will get their client off the hook. That turkey won't fly.
Shades of Iran/contra: Since the indictment of I. Lewis Libby,
Washington is abuzz about presidential pardons. If officials who
violate the law and lie about it know with certainty the will escape
legal sanction, we no longer have a government.
If the US is to prevail in the war on terror, we must do it by
distinguishing ourselves from the enemy. Torture and degrading
treatment are as morally evil as terrorism, because they brutally
disregard the value of human life.
The CIA leak scandal has revealed the Bush crew's dishonesty and
hypocrisy. But don't expect the Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald
or Bush to ever explain what really happened.
The indictment of I. Lewis Libby indictment casts Vice President Dick
Cheney in a key role in the CIA leak investigation: It suggests Cheney
had reason to suspect Valerie Wilson was a covert officer.
Any deed or disclosure that sabotages the CIA's capacity for covert operations deserves praise.
Team Bush has hunkered down and ignored press inquiries, hoping the storm surrounding Karl Rove will pass.