Monday, March 09, 2009

Here's What John Yoo's DoJ Memos Authorized

When Ceasar brought his legions south across the Rubicon, it signalled the end of the Roman Republic, and Ceasar became it's first Dictator (he called himself Emperor, but it's the same thing).

Remember when some of us remarked that the Tigris and the Euphrates were the Busheviks' equivalent of 'crossing the Rubicon?'

Here's a bare-bones list of the dictatorial powers the Busheviks planned for themselves after crossing their "Rubicon: (DOTOF™: Alternate Brain)
I got no idea who Bruce Mulkey is, but he tamps Bush's crap into a nice, neat brick:
What are the dictatorial powers bestowed on George W. Bush by the previously-undisclosed DOJ memos? He had the power to:
1. Deploy the U.S. military inside the U.S.
2. Order foreigners and citizens alike arrested and held indefinitely without charge.
3. Command the military to search citizens’ home.
4. Instruct the NSA to spy on citizens, listen in on their phone calls and read their emails
5. Suspend freedom of speech and freedom of the press
Apparently he only got around to implementing #2 and #4, but god only knows what he’d done if there had been another terrorist attack on American soil.

Since the election of President Obama, I had decided to relegate Bush and his associates to history, preferring to participate in bringing about change in my community and in our nation. But these memos reveal duplicitous and treasonous behavior, and DOJ officials have indicated that there is more damning evidence yet to be released.

The men and women responsible for these illegal and immoral acts must be held accountable. They, and others who might emulate them, need to know that we, the citizens of this nation, will not stand for further desecration of our civil liberties. They need to be held up as examples so that others will be loath to go down this path again. Bush and his pals need to do be investigated, indicted, convicted and imprisoned, for these men and women were the true terrorists, and they came closer to eradicating American democracy than Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda ever will.
Now here's the tricksey part: These memos have been revealed, but I have not heard that they have been repealed. No president since Washington has yielded back to the State powers they arrogated to themselves to meet exigent necessities. I have some serious misgivings, because according to some sources, those weren't the only memos, just the only ones revealed.

So, somebody, talk me down on this one...


One Fly said...

I don't know where this is going to go. I don't want one person having that much power and this needs to be corrected.

But----if the DOJ like the one Yoo worked for can change this at will with no oversight where does that leave us.

Ruth said...

Releasing the memos is a good beginning, and as the DOJ is returned to functioning as an agency representing the public, the Rule of Law is being revived.