Team Obama, Legal Edition – UPDATED
A few days ago, I posted a short and optimistic defense of the Obama administration’s progressive bona fides by pointing to his terrific legal appointments. Then, just as soon as I posted the defense, that legal team (or, until we know more information, I should maybe just say that someone, somewhere in that legal team) did something that, at least on its face, seems to represent a major counterpoint to my argument. I’m talking, of course, about its reassertion of the state secrets doctrine in a lawsuit concerning the renditions. Hilzoy, at Obsidian Wings, has the troubling details.
UPDATE: I’m not sure this is related, but it looks hopeful. Still, the lawyer’s claim in the case cited above that the invocation of the doctrine in that case had already been fully vetted is troubling.