Evading Geneva

· Geopolitics

Orcinus: Ted Olson and Abu Ghraib, a must-read:

[Al Gore’s recent speech: “…] These policies were designed and insisted upon by the Bush White House. Indeed, the president’s own legal counsel advised him specifically on the subject. […”]

Many others have zeroed in on this legal advice given to the president as being the real nexus of the problem, the turning point at which the administration descended into the abyss. Most notable has been Eric Muller at Is That Legal?, who hascalled for an investigation into how the Department of Justice’s legal team came to give Bush this advice, and the possibility that Deputy Solicitor General Paul Clement may have misled the Supreme Court when arguing the matter earlier this year.