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December 17, 2005

Feel Safe Yet?

By Ezra

I just love this bit from Bush's radio address:

During each assessment, previous activities under the authorization are reviewed. The review includes approval by our nation's top legal officials, including the attorney general and the counsel to the president. I have reauthorized this program more than 30 times since the September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for as long as our nation faces a continuing threat from al-Qaida and related groups.

So fear not, civil libertarians, Alberto Gonzales and Harriet Miers are on the case. With their devastating combination of slavish devotion and occupational reliance on George W. Bush, there's absolutely nothing to worry about here. More tireless watchdogs simply do not exist (at least at Bush's poker nights).

Man, no wonder he wants them on the Supreme Court.

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Leave Washington, Ezra. Not just you, but MY and Meyerson and Pelosi and Feingold. Let the fascists work their will, but do not give it a single iota of apparent legitimacy. We cannot impeach, we cannot censure. There is no longer any legitimate US government standing, and you should demonstrate that truth by refusing to participate in a charade.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Dec 17, 2005 8:49:59 PM

I thought Nixon was going to be the scariest president of my lifetime. No more. Can you imagine what this administration would do if there were rioting in the streets like during the Vietnam era?

Posted by: MarvyT | Dec 17, 2005 10:27:02 PM

Feel the anger, Luke. Feel the power of the dark side. Okay, enough of that Star Wars McKrap better left to Mannion.

You write far better when you go straight to it. This and the Fuck You bit in the The Imperfect Spy are great. Now about those lawyers . . .

Posted by: The Heretik | Dec 18, 2005 1:55:37 AM

"Man, no wonder he wants them on the Supreme Court."

Yeah, that's tbe scary thing...

Posted by: Scott Lemieux | Dec 18, 2005 3:24:42 AM

The now-repeated (several times) Bu$hCo claim that in times of war (even a conflict authorized by a resolution, not a declaration of war), the commander in chief is not bound by the Constitution or laws, is the rawest assertion of executive power that one could imagine.

Judging by the media and congressional reaction, apparently that executive assertion is going to be accepted by those who could do the most to challenge it.

If Bush's approval numbers stay stable or increae, it is difficult for me to feel that we still have a democratic republic under the rule of law.

The FISA act makes it very clear that the only lawful means of looking into the affairs of US citizens is with court authorization, in each specific case, within 72 hours of a critical need to monitor the speech of citizens. Bush has said this law doesn't apply to him. It couldn't be clearer how Bush feels about his duty to 'take care that the laws be faithfully executed'.

Thus, apparently, ends our experiment with Constitutional government. We now know the likely outcome, and the rest is just playing out the end of this greek tragedy.

It was a sunny day in Philadelphia in 1787, and the Constitutional convention had just finished its work. A woman, watching the esteemed gentlemen congratulate themselves, approached one of the young nation's leading statesmen, Ben Franklin. "Mr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?" she asked. "A Republic, madam," Franklin quickly answered. "If you can keep it."

Franklin apparently knew well the history of the Roman Republic, and its successor the Roman Empire.

Posted by: JimPortandOR | Dec 18, 2005 3:26:10 AM

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