Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Elsewhere: Torture, Budget, OFA

Over at PP today, I brought back my argument for how to prevent another round of torture: pardons plus Truth Commission.

And two new(ish) columns to link to. My Salon item over the weekend suggested that people who want to support Barack Obama's agenda shouldn't donate to OFA -- their money is better spent on candidates in the 2014 cycle.

While at TAP, I talked about what people think they're talking about when they talk about balanced budgets.

Oh -- just a quick update for Watergate readers. There's been so much over the last few days that I've fallen behind. I'm scheduled to work at April 15 tonight...I'm not sure how much there is, so it's possible I'll fall even farther behind (I'm pretty sure there's enough that I can't get to the 16th also). Not to worry, though; I think I'm better off getting more in, even if it means losing the conceit of 40 years exactly for a few days. At the worst, I'll get caught up once things settle down after the end of April, but with any luck I'll be up to date within the next few days.


  1. You're right. Better not to worry about perfect chronology right now. Keep up what you're doing.

  2. On torture, I basically agree. You can't really prosecute people for doing something the Justice Department told them they could legally do. (Notwithstanding the fact that there were people in the CIA who saw right through that. See the internal document, para. 255, excerpted in http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2013/03/12/torture-zero-dark-thirty-and-the-need-to-confront-the-past/.)

    On the other hand, when people talk about the importance of remembering the atmosphere right after 9/11, I always think that's why we turn these issues over to cool-headed professionals. Instead we got lawyers who should be wearing signs saying, "Warning: Makes Up the Law When Excited!"


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