On a related topic, Glenn Greenwald has another column up about the permanent "war president" and political press cheerleading for the ever-more-powerful executive.
eta: Patrick Appel quotes an excerpt from today's speech, where Chief Executive Obama dismisses efforts to investigate crimes of the previous Chief Executive as backwards-looking and partisan "finger-pointing." He then compares and contrasts it with similar dismissals of investigations by Mr. Cheney in recent weeks, declaring criminal investigations into violations of both law and treaty as mere matters of policy. See the despicable American political class, united as one. Isn't post-partisanship just wonderful?