The Justice Department's release of on Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion regarding President Obama's recess appointments power is a welcome display of public accountability. However one analyzes the bottom line, the opinion is a model of the genre.
The Obama administration's characterization of the use of force in Libya solely as a humanitarian intervention cannot hide the reality of what war is. The attempt to assert that this is not a war does violence to the English language.
Pressure is growing on the Justice Department to produce supposedly "deleted" e-mails that could reveal whether government lawyers in the Bush administration were instructed to devise legal justifications for torture.
On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the investigation into the Justice Department memos that authorized the torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the Bush administration.