Torture and the Rule of Law

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August 3-10 Podcast

William Michael Treanor, one-time lawyer on the president's Office of Legal Counsel, talks about the expansion of executive power under George W. Bush.
Now the dean of Fordham Law School in New York, William Michael Treanor served for three years in the president's Office of Legal Counsel, a branch of the executive that was little-known to the general public until legal advisers to President George W. Bush released the infamous "torture memo" in 2002. Treanor, who served under President Clinton, talks about the expansion of executive power under Bush II, and what Congress and President Obama can do to bring greater transparency to the activities of the executive branch and restore the integrity of the Office of Legal Counsel. Read Den Treanor's article, "Legal Obligations," from the Aug. 3-10 America.

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