A salient observation made
by-- of all people
-- Michael Hayden and Michael Mukasey:
[The memos' release] assures that the suspension [of 'enhanced interrogation'] imposed by the president's executive order is effectively permanent. There would be little point in the president authorizing measures whose nature and precise limits have already been disclosed in detail...
This is precisely what Obama intended-- and failing requisite prosecutions
-- will remain the chief obstacle to re-authorization of 'enhanced' torture in the future.