Thursday, July 13, 2006

"The President is always right."

Today is 13 July 2006.

On 11 July, Steven G. Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The following transcript is of questioning by Senator Patrick Leahy (D, Vt.).

LEAHY: The president has said very specifically, and he’s said it to our European allies, he’s waiting for the Supreme Court decision to tell him whether or not he was supposed to close Guantanamo or not. After, he said it upheld his position on Guantanamo, and in fact it said neither. Where did he get that impression? The President’s not a lawyer, you are, the Justice Department advised him. Did you give him such a cockamamie idea or what?

BRADBURY: Well, I try not to give anybody cockamamie ideas.

LEAHY: Well, where’d he get the idea?

BRADBURY: The Hamdan decision, senator, does implicitly recognize we’re in a war, that the President’s war powers were triggered by the attacks on the country, and that law of war paradigm applies. That’s what the whole case —

LEAHY: I don’t think the President was talking about the nuances of the law of war paradigm, he was saying this was going to tell him that he could keep Guantanamo open or not, after it said he could.

BRADBURY: Well, it’s not —

LEAHY: Was the President right or was he wrong?

BRABURY: It’s under the law of war –

LEAHY: Was the President right or was he wrong?

BRADBURY: The President is always right.

Had Mr. Bradbury at long last some sense of decency, he would immediately depart to a society more perfectly enslaved to his way of thinking, such as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Third Reich being currently unavailable.

If Iraq, currently martyred by civil war, is what results when George Warlord Bush is right as always, then heaven help us if he is ever wrong.

On this day in history:

1934 – Wole Soyinka born; great Nigerian writer, first African Nobelist, and life-long activist for peace and justice

1973 – Congressional testimony by White House staffer Alexander Butterfield reveals existence of tapes of Richard Nixon’s presidential conversations; Nixon’s doom would be sealed the following year when a conversation was made public in which he schemed to use the CIA to falsely claim to the FBI that the Watergate break-in was a matter of national security


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