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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Gonzo Asserts Bush Might Be Above the Law

As I read these accounts of Gonzo's testimony before Congress, I'm repeatedly kicked in my happy place by some of the things Gonzo says to justify Bush's attempted takeover of the US Government as his private litter-box. Here's the most recent:
"The president and the Justice Department have a constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws," said Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the committee's top Democrat. "Nobody is above the law, not even the president of the United States."
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked if the Bush administration had issued "any other secret order or directive" that would be prohibited by law. Said Gonzales: "The president has not authorized any conduct that I'm aware of that is in contravention of law."

Duh. Of course Gonzales wouldn't be aware of anything 'in contravention of law'. The way this bozo reads the law, torture is legal, invading nations that haven't attacked us is legal, detaining citizens without probable cause is legal, secret detention of citizens without access to family or legal representation and without charges is legal, and spying on citizens in violation of standing federal statutes is legal. So what COULD Bush do that Gonzales would consider 'in contravention of law'?

Maybe Sen. Feinstein's question should have stopped at "any other secret order or directive", period. I submit that Gonzales would try to justify Bush naming himself 'President for Life' if that's what Bush wanted to do. Gonzales is not an Attorney General, he's a Bush pocket puppet.



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