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May 16th, 2007

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01:31 pm - Watch John Ashcroft and his staff defend our liberty
Shocking as that idea may seem, that's exactly what you can see happening in this section of the hearings on Alberto Gonzales. It's 20 minutes long and is one of the more gripping pieces of testimony I've ever seen. After deciding that one particular egregious (and unnamed) piece of domestic spying legislation is illegal, Ashcroft becomes very ill and is hospitalized. The administration then sends in Gonzales to attempt to pressure an exceedingly ill man in a hospital bed to sign legislation, despite him not ever being the acting Attorney General. In short, we hear of Gonzales browbeating a desperately ill ally who had the temerity to point out that some of the administrations most egregious proposals were actually illegal.

What we see in this testimony from James Comey (the former Deputy Attorney General and the acting Attorney General at this time) is the crucial difference between vile, bigoted, and mean-spirited people like Ashcroft, who (from my PoV at least) every right-speaking person should disagree with, but who nevertheless are committed to the rule of law, and people like Gonzales and Bush who (from these actions and many others) care for nothing except achieving their own ends, and certainly have no concern for either the rule of law or the overall system of government. In short, we see the difference between bigoted reactionaries and people who are quite literally would-be tyrants (and also bigoted reactionaries).

As I mentioned in a response to another post about this clip, I'm (optimistically) expecting scholarly articles to be written in 20 years about how the 5 years after 9/11 represented a brief but deeply troubling era in US politics where the government literally attempted to embrace totalitarianism and (barely) failed.
Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated

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Date:May 16th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
> a brief but deeply troubling era in US politics where the government
> literally attempted to embrace totalitarianism and (barely) failed.

I strongly suspect you are being overly optimistic here, unless we impeach the bastards, try them, then send them ALL to prison for the rest of their lives. If that does not come to fruition, I believe things will get progressively worse in the US until the US is destreoyed, either by extenal foces, or by internal revolt -- neither of which would be pleasant for most of us.
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Date:May 16th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
I heard about that on NPR as I was driving home yesterday and I had to check their website when I got home to make sure I had heard correctly.
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Date:May 16th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
Man that's amazing testimony. Thanks for the link.

Disgusting... Why won't they impeach!
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Date:May 16th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I do wish I knew exactly which points the DOJ stuck at doing. And then what Bush said they could change.
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Date:May 16th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
As do I.
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Date:May 18th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Every day in the news, we see the Charles Lindbergs, J Edgar Hoovers, and Woodrow Wilsons of our era.

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