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Friday, December 16, 2005

Executive Privilege

Digby boils it down to the essence of the scandal:

Look, the problem here, again, is not one of just spying on Americans, as repulsively totalitarian as that is. It's that the administration adopted John Yoo's theory of presidential infallibility. But, of course, it wasn't really John Yoo's theory at all; it was Dick Cheney's muse, Richard Nixon who said, "when the President does it, that means it's not illegal."

This was not some off the cuff statement. It was based upon a serious constitutional theory -- that the congress or the judiciary (and by inference the laws they promulgate and interpret) have no authority over an equal branch of government. The president, in the pursuit of his duties as president, is not subject to the laws. Citizens can offer their judgment of his performance every four years at the ballot box.

So here we are, on the edge of a very slippery slope...

In the name of "National Security" is the president above the rule of law? I would argue emphatically no. But I'm guessing our Republican controlled House and Senate will not share such sentiment. Unless of course, we the people can make a loud enough roar that Congress realizes that the wrong response on this issue could cost them their job in '06.

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