Over at Balkinization,
discusses the revelation of the previously secret March 14, 2003, memo by John Yoo that extends the theory of the 2002 torture memo (which sought to excuse the CIA) to the military's operations. Pages 18 and 19 of this memo make the now-familiar and infamous argument that the torture statute would be unconstitutional as applied to the president acting in his capacity as commander in chief. As Marty explains, this memo "
effectively gave the Pentagon the green light to disregard statutory limits on torture, cruelty and maltreatment in the treatment of detainees.
" If you want evidence of how the law was badly twisted and misused in the Bush Justice Department, you need look no further than here.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.