Saturday, July 29, 2006

Never retreat, never surrender

This from the recent article on the attempt by the White House to take another bite at the dictatorship apple, White House Bill Proposes System to Try Detainees - New York Times:

“This draft shows that the executive branch doesn’t think the Supreme Court got the questions on the Geneva Conventions right in Hamdan,” said John C. Yoo, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who as a Justice Department lawyer helped draft the president’s original order establishing the military commissions."

Like the Tim Allen character in "Galaxy Quest," the Bush backers refuse to admit that theirs is a make-believe world. And so it falls to John Yoo, self-styled legal scholar, to characterize the Bush Administration's open defiance of the Supreme Court, and their continued mau-mauing of the Constitution, as an attempt to correct the Supreme Court's mistake -- as if there had been any doubt for the last 203 years about whether the President was obligated to defer to the Supremes in such matters.

Many folks have argued that Yoo, a professor at the Boalt Hall School of Law, should be disqualified because of his politics, or for his role in the infamous torture memo. I think he should be disqualified for his shocking ignorance about the basics of Constitutional Law.


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