Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Our country of laws
I quote from a blog that impresses me with the way it is written and its clarity: http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com
------ the most bizarre part of the NSA scandal all along: the President got caught red-handed violating an extremely clear law -- he admitted to engaging in the very behavior which that law says is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine -- and yet official Washington (the political and pundit classes) simply decided to pretend that wasn't the case.
The Justice Department lawyers who approved this illegal program, the political officials who ordered it, and the journalists who defended it (and have enabled this presidency) are all part of the same circle, and the very suggestion that any of this is actually criminal -- even though it is all being done in violation of the crystal clear criminal law -- is just too unpleasant, too unruly, too disruptive to admit. "The question of the president's possible criminal acts has long been the pig in the parlor that polite people in Congress refused to acknowledge."
Brave Judge Anna Diggs Taylor has read the law correctly but the president doesn't agree with her as it puts him in a terrible position.