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Subverting Lawyers & Law in the Bush Administration

Posted by Rick · January 30th, 2006 · No Comments

A friend sent me a link to an article written by Daniel Klaidman, Stuart Taylor Jr. and Evan Thomas of Newsweek. The article caught my attention because it wasn’t the usual story about the Bush Administration shutting down liberals who had somehow managed to sneak into government jobs — you know, those pesky idiot scientists, for example, who insist that global warming is a reality even though the only evidence for it is warmer temperatures and melting ice caps — and then, when the Bush Administration asked them to stop yelling “the sky is falling” (just because it was), threw a fit to the Press.

This article, as the subheading noted, wasn’t about those people. Instead,

They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president’s power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it. A NEWSWEEK investigation. — Klaidman, Taylor and Thomas, “Palace Revolt,”

Newsweek (February 6, 2006 issue).

The article, “Palace Revolt,” is somewhat long, but worth a read. The people involved — the ones attempting to revolt — were all die-hard conservatives within the Bush Administration. Again — I have to say this again because in America, we no longer recognize that you can belong to a particular group and still make true and valid arguments — what I’m trying to point out here is that it’s worth recognizing that these people weren’t “liberals” and they weren’t Democrats out to attack the President.

The article chronicles the approach the Bush Administration took to getting around the fact that numerous lawyers within the administration were against the idea that the President, and not the Constitution, was the final word on the power of the President.

???Special thanks to my friend, Steve Malm, for tipping me off to the article.

Categories: The Bush Regime


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