The administration's decision to release a couple of hundred pages of memos relating to the treatment of prisoners from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars has raised as many questions as it answered, for reasons Dan Froomkin details here:
• Does President Bush still believe, as his 2002 memo said, that he has "the authority under the Constitution" to deny protections of the Geneva Conventions to some combatants?
• The memos describe Pentagon prohibitions against torture. But do the distinctions drawn between forceful interrogation tactics and torture meet the common-sense test? And what rules did the White House set for the CIA?
• Did the White House set a tone that led to the abuses at Abu Ghraib?
• What was the president's involvement in the deliberations on torture, beyond putting his name at the bottom of that one memo?
• And the debate within the administration, as illustrated most clearly by memos from the Justice Department, continued to rage long after Bush's memo. So how long did the issue of torture remain in play?
Plus lots of links to follow.