DUMBEST. LEGAL ARGUMENTS. EVER….I’m usually one to skip year-end Top 10 lists, but Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick has arguably written the best one of the season: “The Bush Administration’s Top 10 Stupidest Legal Arguments of 2007.”

Most reasonable people who take the law seriously would be humiliated by any of one of these legal assertions, but the president’s lawyers not only made all of these absurd arguments, they did so in just the last 12 months.

The list is a cornucopia of greatest hits, including gems such as “The NSA’s eavesdropping was limited in scope,” “The vice president’s office is not a part of the executive branch,” “Water-boarding may not be torture,” and my personal favorite, “Everyone who has ever spoken to the president about anything is barred from congressional testimony by executive privilege.”

Take a look.

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