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emanymton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:33 AM
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Rule Of Law - Washington D.C. Style

People in Washington D.C. are desperately trying to avoid accountability for illegal actions.

Mr. Glenn Greenwald in his essay, “If criminal penalties are removed, what will deter lawbreaking by political officials?” gives a good accounting of the “... consensus view of establishment Washington regarding the exemption which political elites should and do enjoy from the rule of law. ...”

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“... Isn't this all so painfully basic? When the predominant Beltway argument is stripped of euphemisms, it amounts to nothing less than the claim that our political leaders should be -- and are -- free to break our laws. And that's the system we've adopted. It's why Dick Cheney feels free to smugly admit in public that he authorized these war crimes. He knows that the Ruth Marcuses of the world will intervene to defend him. Still, it's one thing to argue that American political leaders should have the power to commit crimes. It's another thing entirely to advance the insultingly deceitful and Orwellian claim that doing so is necessary so we can focus on preventing similar lawbreaking in the future.”

“... the Constitution explicitly requires that they "faithfully execute" those laws, not violate them at will.”

“... Special Prosecutor, and vest him with all the power he needs to undertake a real investigation, wherever it might lead. ...”

I am in complete agreement with the call for a Special Prosecutor within USA. Afterward, let the International Court Of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands prosecute their claims.

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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:47 AM
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1. An independant prosecutor is really the only way to proceed.
There will not be one apponted unless & until the American people DEMAND it. The comfy collegiality of DC has smothered the rule of law in this Country.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 09:47 AM
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2. Of course, most of them are lawyers
and they wrote the laws. A fraud felony anywhere else is a toothless ethics violation in DC.
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