Analysis of the memo
But not by me. I've got the thing downloaded and all, but as I scanned the blog horizon, Atrios pointed me to this from Discourse.net. Read and... well, it's certainly not enjoyable.
On pages 22-23 the Walker Working Group Report sets out a view of an unlimited Presidential power to do anything he wants with “enemy combatants”. The bill of rights is nowhere mentioned. There is no principle suggested which limits this purported authority to non-citizens, or to the battlefield. Under this reasoning, it would be perfectly proper to grab any one of us and torture us if the President determined that the war effort required it. I cannot exaggerate how pernicious this argument is, and how incompatible it is with a free society. The Constitution does not make the President a King. This memo does.
Whether I post my own take depends on my comprehension of it. At the very least, Discourse.net. Now.