An Intelligence Bonanza Of Another Sort

Marcy Wheeler knocks John Yoo's op-ed:

John Yoo pretends he knows the universe of information on KSM. His argument suggests that the only evidence came from illegal or highly sensitive means.

What the trial will likely show, instead, is that there was a great deal of information already available before they started torturing KSM.

It’ll show that the KSM expert in FBI–who we know was never allowed to get close to the Yoo-sanctioned torture sessions–knew much if not all of the stuff that KSM was blabbing away after being waterboarded the 183rd time.

That’s the real risk for Yoo: not the illegal actions that the trial will expose. But how much evidence there was independent of Yoo’s little torture shop.

One begins to wonder if this trial will not in the end be a smoking gun in proving the war crimes of Bush and Cheney in a court of law. It would be classic Obama to play the game this long and this well.