Tuesday :: Mar 22, 2011

Open Thread


by Mary

Upon the release of two additional OCL documents which John Yoo and Jack Goldsmith wrote to give the Bush White House permission to violate FISA, Scott Horton asks:

[W}hat, exactly, did the government do in reliance on them...?

As Scott Horton notes, the redacted documents released so far don't reflect very well on Jack Goldsmith since there seems to be little daylight between the surviving arguments made by Goldsmith in comparison to Yoo for why Bush had the authority to override the law. What exactly was so bad in John Yoo's original memorandum which the Bush administration was doing or planned to do that Goldsmith was ready to quit?

Marcy (emptywheel) has more information about the documents released here.

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