Somebody really needs to tell this president that Executive Privilege is not a law. It is only a theory by which guilty presidents try to conceal the evidence of their wrong doing. The last time a president tried this kind of tactic the Supreme Court ruled that Executive privilege does not apply when crimes are being investigated. Translated into modern English, this Administration is being investigated for possible crimes, and I think it's about time that the Congress looked back to the 1930s and exercised one of its legal powers: the power of Inherent Contempt. If goons like Rove refuse to obey a subpoena, and if it is discovered that Bush is openly ordering or encouraging him to ignore that subpoena, the the solution is very simple. As one of my team members has already suggested, the Congress should summon the Sergeant at Arms, round up a few Capital Hill Police, and arrest the bastards for contempt of Congress. Personally, I think this is necessary to remind both, the American people, and our political leaders that they are NOT monarchs; that they are still the elected servants of the people in a Representative Democracy; not the divine rulers in a corrupt Monarchy. every generation needs to see the legal system at work on its leaders, bringing them down to the level of the common man and forcing them to comply with the law, not half baked theories such as "executive privilege."
Moreover, we need to get at the truth, and this obstructionist administration of crooks, liars, thieves, and cold blooded murderers must be forced to tell the truth. But for some reason Bush seems to think that he really is a King George III. And to make matters worse, he doesn't even seem to care how his obstructionist behavior appears to the American people and to the world in general.
"President Bush is expected to claim executive privilege to prevent two more White House aides from testifying before Congress about the firings of federal prosecutors
Thursday is the deadline for Karl Rove, Bush's top political adviser, to provide testimony and documents related to the firings, under a subpoena from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Also subpoenaed was White House political aide J. Scott Jennings. The Justice Department included both men on e-mails about the firings and the administration's response to the congressional investigation.
White House Counsel Fred Fielding has consistently said that top presidential aides — present and past — are immune from subpoenas and has declared the documents sought off-limits under executive privilege."
And while that somebody is at it they might consider telling this abomination of a leader that not allowing key witnesses to testify creates an impression of guilt. Okay, when it comes to this administration the chances are that it has yet to engage in a single legal act, preferring to skulk around in the shadows like your typical, run of the mill crime syndicate, but still they might at least try to create the impression that they are TRYING to look innocent, no matter how corrupt and blood stained they might be.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007