I have to admit that my legal ears perked up when Obama said during his press conference last night that in fact waterboarding is torture, and our government did waterboard. He was per se admitting, as the president of the United States, that our country committed torture. I started to wonder if legally he might have set something in motion that he didn’t intend. Congressman Nadler apparently wondered the same.
Given that Obama has scary good political skills perhaps he is deliberately trying to force an investigation while seemingly staying uninvolved and above the fray. It would be hugely divisive for him to be directly involved and he needs as much support as possible on the economy.