OPEN UNIVERSITY SEPTEMBER 18, 2006
by Jacob T. Levy
Sometimes a given blog hits its stride in a way that makes it consistently important or even essential reading, but leaves others without much to say beyond, "Hear, hear." Because the blogosphere thrives on controversy or at least nitpicking, "Hear, hear" is kind of boring and not often said--and so sometimes the best posts aren't as linked to or as read as they should be.
I'll say it. For the past two weeks or so, Balkinization's contributors, including our own Sandy Levinson, have been putting up post after important post on executive power, torture, and the Bush administration's extravagant constitutional claims. I think these may be the most morally and constitutionally urgent matters in the American political order right now. I lack any interesting expertise that would let me write anything on the subjects you should read instead of reading their posts. A selection:
Torture Save Lives?
Will Congress Authorize Violations of the Geneva Convention?
OLC is Unwilling to Say That That These Techniques Comply with Geneva
Hear, hear. Please, go read.