Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[politics] The rule of law

Mukasey suggested that the president can ignore a law, including the surveillance act, if it unduly impinges on his constitutional authority as commander in chief during wartime.

"The president is not putting somebody above the law; the president is putting somebody within the law," Mukasey said. "The president doesn't stand above the law. But the law emphatically includes the Constitution."


    — Washington Post

The president can ignore a law... That's the Nixon Doctrine, isn't it? I heard this portion of Mukasey's testimony on the radio while driving to the airport very early this morning. What it amounted to was "the president can ignore a law if he says so." Unfortunately I haven't been able to run down a full transcript of that portion this morning, but it's even creepier when you hear the whole thing.

Ah, the good old rule of law. That used to be important to the GOP, back when they liked to complain about some guy named Clinton. Conservative principled consistency strikes again!
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