If ever there was a case that cried out for enhanced interrogation techniques, it was yesterday's Senate appearance by the Pentagon's former top lawyer.
William "Jim" Haynes II, the man who blessed the use of dogs, hoods and nudity to pry information out of recalcitrant detainees, proved to be a model of evasion himself as he resisted all attempts at inquiry by the Armed Services Committee.
Did he ask a subordinate to get information about harsh questioning techniques?
"My memory is not perfect."
Did he see a memo about the effects of these techniques?
"I don't specifically remember when I saw this."
Did he remember doing something with the information he got?
"I don't remember doing something with this information."
When did he discuss these methods with other Bush administration officials?
"I don't know precisely when, and I cannot discuss it further without getting into classified information."
Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) had had enough. "You say you don't remember it any more clearly than what you've said," he pointed out. "Therefore, going into classified session isn't going to give us any more information than what you've said, which is you had conversations but your memory is bad."
"Correct," Haynes agreed.