2007's Biggest White House Whoppers
Slate runs down the Bush team's most dubious legal claims
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Jan 1, 2008 4:10 PM CST

(Newser) – In her second annual roundup of the Bush administration's most egregious legal arguments, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate offers her top 10 doozies:

  1. The United States does not torture
  2. State-secrets privilege used to shield almost anything.
  3. Almost anything Alberto Gonzales said.
  4. The nine US attorneys were fired for cause.
  5. Anyone who talks to the president is barred from congressional testimony by executive privilege.

  1. Waterboarding is not exactly torture.
  2. The Guantanamo Bay detainees enjoy more legal rights than any POWs in history.
  3. The vice president's office is not a part of the executive branch.
  4. Scooter Libby's sentence was commuted because it was excessive.
  5. The NSA's eavesdropping was limited in scope.