Before Bush administration officials head for the exits, they're cleaning out the cupboard at the Office of Legal Counsel, which provides legal advice to the president and all other agencies. Since fall, the office has been releasing opinions with increasing frequency. Most recently, we wrote about an OLC opinion holding that the president could assert executive privilege to withhold records of Vice president Dick Cheney’s interview with FBI agents investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name.
On Thursday, the office cut loose seven opinions at once, the most since the start of the Bush administration. They delve into everything from the legal justifications for using military force against Iraq to whether the Geneva Convention applies to the Taliban. We’ve listed them below by date. Enjoy.
• Legality of the Use of Military Commission to Try Terrorists (11/06/2001)