paul krugman makes determination: ashcroft sucks

Last week Mr. Ashcroft, apparently in contempt of Congress, refused to release a memo on torture his department prepared for the White House almost two years ago. Fortunately, his stonewalling didn’t work: The Washington Post has acquired a copy of the memo and put it on its Web site.

Much of the memo is concerned with defining torture down: if the pain inflicted on a prisoner is less than the pain that accompanies “serious physical injury, such as organ failure,” it’s not torture. Anyway, the memo declares that the federal law against torture doesn’t apply to interrogations of enemy combatants “pursuant to [the president’s] commander-in-chief authority.” In other words, the president is above the law.

The memo came out late Sunday. Mr. Ashcroft called a press conference yesterday to announce an indictment against a man accused of plotting to blow up a shopping mall in Ohio. The timing was, I’m sure, purely coincidental.

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 16, 2004 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I can see through your accusations, right down to your Anti Shopping Mall agenda. What you need is a makeover and a shopping spree. Come on gang, lets cheer this grump up.
    Todd Vodka
    http://blithelywego.blogspot.com/

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