Justice Department Issues Memo, Says Bush has 'Legal Basis' to Act Illegally Minutes ago, the Justice Department issued an official memo that declared President Bush innocent of any Constitutional violations incurred by the NSA wiretapping scheme--claiming that there is a...
Justice Department Issues Memo, Says Bush has 'Legal Basis' to Act Illegally
Minutes ago, the Justice Department issued an official memo that declared President Bush innocent of any Constitutional violations incurred by the NSA wiretapping scheme--claiming that there is a 'legal basis' for such illegal actions by the President.
When--you may be asking--did the Justice Department arrogate to itself the power to decree the President of the United States innocent?
Ah...but the Bush White House no longer lives by the onerous rules and regulations of the American legal system. They live by their own, imperial code. The President does whatever he wants in the name of fighting the 'war on terror'--and his trusty charges in the Justice Department issue the decrees proclaiming the innocence of the king.
Mr. President! This is not how the American system works. The President (you, sir)--like everyone else in America--must live within the law, not (as you would have it) within the 'legal basis' as defined by men that the President himself has appointed.
Such a pesky distinction...
But we should all pay close attention to what President Bush is trying to do. He is working hard to convince America that phraases like 'legal reasoning' and 'legal basis' are the same as 'law.' When it is most definitely not the same. And he is no longer acting according to the law, he is simply acting according to legal reasoning.
And the more Americans question him, the more President Bush digs himself into the mound of legal opinions handed to him by his former lawer, now Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales. How convenient for him.
Judge after judge, commission after commission--have all issued their own findings that the wiretapping of American citizens by the President in the name of fighting the war on Terror' was illegal, possibly even grounds for impeachment.
And each time this happens, the President picks up his office phone, calls the Justice Department, and has them write a new memo with the 'legal reasoning' as to why he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants to. After all (ehem) he is the President.
Americans beware! The President does not have the authority to rule on matters of law. And if he claims that authority by using trick language like 'legal reasoning,' then he is no longer acting as a representative of the people.
Instead, he is being very bad king, indeed.
© 2006 Jeffrey Feldman