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  •  This particular "client" (Cheney) was not (6+ / 0-)

    looking for dispassionate legal analysis, he was not looking for accurate intelligence, he was not seeking objectivity from any of the experts or professionals who would normally assist the President (or in this case, the de-facto President) in the process of making critical decisions.
     When Joe Wilson was tasked with checking on the "Saddam is seeking to procure nuclear materials in Africa" report, and found that notion to be false, Cheney ignored it. But in this case, having torture made "legal" (by the "opinions" of attorneys whose opinions were coerced) was just too important to Cheney to let go of, so he kept at the good Professor Yoo until he got what he wanted.
     It is strange and perverse that each man was able to justify acting improperly by using powers and authority which the other man asserted but did not actually have. Add to that the notions that "no-one will ever know," and "the ends justify the means," and Voila! The Perfect Crime!

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Mon May 18, 2009 at 11:30:55 AM PDT

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