(As Indiana Jones said….I hate these guys! @2pm – promoted by buhdydharma )
Frontline on PBS aired a new program called Cheney’s Law. It was one hour of pure visual and mental hell. There were no new revelations, but the condensation in one hour of everything Cheney and his team of evil as fuck lawyers, Yoo and Addington, with Abu Gonzo thrown in at the end, have done to the constitution and this country in the last seven years has again made me sick to my stomach with rage and despair.
If you missed the program and would like to see it, the whole thing is available online here:
Here is some of the text from the introduction.
For three decades Vice President Dick Cheney conducted a secretive, behind-closed-doors campaign to give the president virtually unlimited wartime power. Finally, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Justice Department and the White House made a number of controversial legal decisions. Orchestrated by Cheney and his lawyer David Addington, the department interpreted executive power in an expansive and extraordinary way, granting President George W. Bush the power to detain, interrogate, torture, wiretap and spy — without congressional approval or judicial review.
Now, as the White House appears ready to ignore subpoenas in the investigations over wiretapping and U.S. attorney firings, FRONTLINE examines the battle over the power of the presidency and Cheney’s way of looking at the Constitution.
“The vice president believes that Congress has very few powers to actually constrain the president and the executive branch,” former Justice Department attorney Marty Lederman tells FRONTLINE. “He believes the president should have the final word — indeed the only word — on all matters within the executive branch.”
The biggest revelation in the film for me was the amazing interview with former Assistant Attorney General Jack L. Goldsmith, who recounts what happened when he refused to go along with the Fourth Branch’s insistence of getting rid of the Geneva Conventions in Iraq. He also describes in detail the night Card and Gonzo visited Ashcroft at the hospital. It was difficult to fathom that someone who had worked in the demon’s lair could speak so openly and still breath.
Of course the signing statements continue, the denial of documents continue, the refusal to submit to subpoenas continues, the war in Iraq continues, the torture continues, the wiretapping continues, the thievery, deception and destruction of justice and freedom continues.
WHY THE FUCK ARE THESE CRIMINAL FASCISTS NOT IN PRISON????
Nancy? Harry? Henry? John? Patrick? Robert? Russ? Dick? Anyone?
I needed to scream. Thank you for indulging me.
Now I can mourn.