The Bush administration’s controversial policies on detentions, interrogations and warrantless wiretapping were underpinned by legal memoranda. While some of those memos have been released (primarily as a result of ACLU lawsuits), the former administration kept far more memos secret than has been previously understood. At least three dozen by our count.
The decision to release them now lies with President Obama. To help inform the debate—and inject an extra dose of accountability—we’re posting the first comprehensive list of the secret memos. (The ACLU first compiled a list, which ProPublica verified and expanded on.)
Lots of paper shredding went down during Bush’s double term but when so much evidence exists, it can be hard to remove all its traces. Raw Story linked to ProPublica, whose post features scores of memos from Bush torture enthusiasts Yoo and others.
Let’s hope these are but the beginning of a long parade of similar hard evidence of the willingness of George W. Bush to find ways to usurp the rule of law.