Dubya Vs. The Law, Continued…

May 1st, 2008at 10:16pm Posted by Eli

Well, this is reassuring:

Elana Schor writes for the Guardian: “A legal brief that exempted the US military from criminal laws following the 9/11 attacks was improperly kept classified for years, the former head of the US government agency in charge of document secrecy said today.

“The March 2003 brief, which allowed Pentagon interrogators to claim self-defence in sidestepping laws against torture, was made public earlier this month.

“J William Leonard, who directed George Bush’s information security oversight office until last year, today told Congress that the document never should have been classified in the first place.

“‘To learn that such a document was classified had the same effect on me as waking up one morning and learning that after all these years, there is a “secret” article to the constitution that the American people do not even know about,’ Leonard said.”

And then there’s the matter of Bush’s attitude toward executive orders.

Scott Shane and David Johnston write in the New York Times that at the same hearing, senior Justice Department official John P. Elwood “disclosed a previously unpublicized method to cloak government activities. Mr. Elwood acknowledged that the administration believed that the president could ignore or modify existing executive orders that he or other presidents have issued without disclosing the new interpretation.

“Mr. Elwood, citing a 1980s precedent, said there was nothing new or unusual about such a view.”

I have to ask: Does this 1980s precedent involve the words, “We’re on a mission from God”?

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans,Wankers


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