More on the "Torture Memo"
You know, the "it's legal if the president says it is" memo?
. . . Michael Froomkin wonders why the August 2002 memo was so bad purely from the point of view of legal craft. His conclusion, based on this New York Times piece: the memo wasn't written to guide future action. Rather, the White House was scrambling to find some legal cover for abuses that had already happened.