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.
If White House officials were instructing the 'torture memo' authors to create legal justifications for a program those officials knew was likely illegal, then we have evidence of a high-level criminal conspiracy.
The final OPR report is only the beginning. We still don't know who asked Yoo and Bybee to write these memos, what specific instructions they were given or if they were they pressured to reach a particular conclusion.