Debra J. Saunders

The department found no professional misconduct, so the ACLU wants a criminal investigation? ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer responded, "I don't think that anyone can fairly read those facts and conclude that these lawyers did anything other than construct a legal framework intended to authorize the torture of prisoners."

Except, if Margolis thought they were telling the CIA to break the law, that would be professional misconduct. As Yoo noted, this case "is far more important than just me. What it really involved was people trying to use criminal law, trying to use ethics rules, to fight out policy disagreements."

That is, so-called civil libertarians are trying to get the courts to enforce their politics -- and they've lost all sense of proportion. Having failed to get the Justice Department to yank two law licenses, the left's inquisitors now are pushing for the death penalty.

Debra J. Saunders

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