President Bush seems to think he’s above the Courts.

Ed Brayton over at Dispatches from the Culture War points us to this Yahoo! News article which illustrates how the Bush administration seems to think its actions are beyond the review of the courts:

The Bush administration has urged a judge to dismiss a similar case, saying it threatens to divulge state secrets and jeopardize national security. The government argued in briefs that the courts cannot decide the constitutionality of the president’s asserted wartime powers to eavesdrop on Americans without warrants.

Yet another example of how this administration seems to think that being at war gives them carte blanch to do whatever the fuck they want without so much as being questioned. How convenient that the War! On! Terror! is a sort that’s likely to never end. You get the sense that the Republicans are assuming that they’ll be able to maintain their control of the executive branch at the end of Bush’s time as President. How much do you want to bet that if a Democrat manages to take the White House in 2008 there’s suddenly a flurry of Republican Congresscritters claiming the war ended ages ago so that all those special powers Bush claimed are no longer applicable?

As Ed points out on his blog: Without Judicial oversight of the acts of the executive and legislative branches then all our rights are in jeopardy.

5 thoughts on “President Bush seems to think he’s above the Courts.

  1. Howdy Mr Bastard! Just wanted to say hi and thank you, again, for the superb work you do. I haven’t written much lately but I never skip a day without checking out the SEB!

    Keep on keeping on!

    – Spocko

  2. Representative Deomocracy… Checks and Balances, right?  Legislative, Executive and Judicial…. 3 branches to govern each other as well as the body of people not belonging to them. I guess Bush Jr. really wants this country to go Theocracy, so that he can play “a pope type” and never leave office. I’m afraid, very afraid, but that isn’t any different from how I felt yesterday.

  3. “How much do you want to bet that if a Democrat manages to take the White House in 2008 there’s suddenly a flurry of Republican Congresscritters claiming the war ended ages ago so that all those special powers Bush claimed are no longer applicable?”

    If it gets that far, we’re already fucked.  The only question I have for any would-be president is “do you intend to restore the system of checks-and-balances historically guaranteed by the division of powers?”  Anyone that can’t answer that one correctly isn’t running for President of America, they’re running for Pope of Jesusland.

    Actually, I don’t know why I qualified that with “if”… we *are* already fucked.  I’m not sure the damage done to this country can be repaired.

  4. The thing is, there are probably some nice gray areas where it makes sense for the judiciary not to supervise the details of actual executive actions regarding war.  But the overreaching actions of the Bush administration, and its regular betrayal of trust, and, frankly, its stunning arrogance and penchant for secrecy, means either that we’ll end up with far too powerful an executive branch, or, after the reformers get through with it, too weak of one.

  5. Look, laws are “reality-based”.  The President isn’t just above laws, he is above reality because he was chosen by God to lead America.  God knew 9/11 was going to happen, that we would have to invade Afghanistan, Iraq and wherever else we will invade to forward God’s prophecies.

    The President is not insane.  This fallen world is insane, which he has realized after abusing alcohol, drugs and his trust fund.  We poor deluded, demonically influenced liberals just don’t see the clear light shining through the world, shining from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    The only man fit to follow GWB has the initials JC.  If Bush has to defy the sinners of America and hold the office of President until Jesus comes back, well, that is the cross he is willing to bear.

    Besides, Lincoln did what the fuck he wanted, didn’t he?  He was a Republican, wasn’t he?  Built fences, cleared brush, fought Indians… Indians were like terrorists in those days, really.

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