Thursday, June 17, 2004

That Quaint Document

Molly Ivins write as only Molly can about the day the Constitution was given the heave-ho by the Attorney General.

When, in the future, you find yourself wondering, “Whatever happened to the Constitution?” you will want to go back and look at June 8, 2004. That was the day the attorney general of the United States — aka “the nation’s top law enforcement officer” — refused to provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with his department’s memos concerning torture.

To justify torture, these memos declare that the president is bound by neither U.S. law nor international treaties. We have put ourselves on the same moral level as Saddam Hussein, the only difference being quantity.

Quite literally, the president may as well wear a crown — forget that “no man is above the law” jazz. We used to talk about “the imperial presidency” under Nixon, but this is the real thing.

Read the rest here, via Tom