I was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator and am now a journalist. I am the author of three New York Times bestselling books -- "How Would a Patriot Act" (a critique of Bush executive power theories), "Tragic Legacy" (documenting the Bush legacy), and With Liberty and Justice for Some (critiquing America's two-tiered justice system and the collapse of the rule of law for its political and financial elites). My fifth book - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State - will be released on April 29, 2014 by Holt/Metropolitan.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The President's law-breaking

To savor the utter absurdity of today's new Bush Administration defense for its wanton and ongoing law-breaking -- namely, that it only breaks the law with regard to "very bad people" -- please see this post.

And here are two excellent sources well worth reading, which further demonstrate the utter clarity of the Bush Administration's law-breaking:

(1) A Federalist Society debate (.pdf file) in which Robert Levy, conservative Federalist Society member and Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, obliterates the Bush Administration's legal defenses (h/t ReddHedd, via e-mail); and

(2) A post at Think Progress which lays out the irrefutable answer to the Bush Administration's primary defense -- that Congress authorized it to eavesdrop outside of FISA when it enacted the AUMF.

The more these issues get debated, the clearer it becomes that the Administration broke the law.

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