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  •  I'm not complaining against the government lawyer (2+ / 0-)
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    walkshills, Valtin

    but the DoJ, which instructed him to do this. Sure they're tying to win a case, but that case itself is inherently contemptible. They are trying to both defend torturers and wiretappers and assert the doctrine of unchecked executive power. That Obama would try to do both is beyond despicable, and if it wasn't his intent, he'd have taken a different course, at the very least asked for a delay while they sort through the evidence and decide how to proceed--ideally, with a criminal investigation.

    I do see how either way, it's a huge mess for Obama even if he believes that crimes were committed and people deserve to be punished for them. If he drops the motions and allows the suits to proceed, he'll be compelled to present evidence that would not only imperil former Bushies and possibly some Dems (which however meritorious will cause him political problems without a doubt), but also reveal things about our national security apparatus that even without their being super sensitive would damn it and its members and cause the US to lose tremendous face around the world. Justice would be served but damage would be done. And if he tries to squelch this evidence to prevent this, he validates the Bush Doctrine of unchecked presidential power.

    So ideally, he'd ask for a delay, which he'd surely be granted since these are for past events and no ongoing harm is being asserted (I believe), to give him time to figure out what to do, which ideally would involve a special prosecutor. But taking the path that he is taking just seems dangerous in terms of separation of powers and executive power issues. It makes no sense unless he either WANTS these powers, or else expects the courts to rule against him, which seems strained.

    It's just weird, that's all. Very weird.

    The liberal soul shall be made fat. He who waters shall be watered also himself. (Proverbs 11:25)

    by kovie on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 11:53:41 PM PST

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