So according to this, the Attorney General (who, if you recall, refused to take a stand on torture back when his confirmation was being debated) now says that the Department of "Justice" cannot engage in an investigation about the criminal use of torture, because the Justice Department APPROVED of its use beforehand.
Meaning, the Justice Department can declare its actions legal at will and therefore protect itself from Congressional oversight.
Which means they're only guided by their own judgment?
This might be the most frightening assertion to come directly out of Bush Administration officials yet. It's not that they're hiding anymore. It's too late for that. Now they're saying, simply, that they can declare their own actions (actions like torture) legal. That they are nakedly above the law. That they make the law by stating their opinion.
Unchecked executive power.
January 2009 can't come too soon. This has to stop. The Congress should spend the rest of the year impeaching him, simply to keep its dignity.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.