Above the Law

From Holden:

I was struck by a paragraph in Arianna’s latest Plame post this morning.

After getting a fumbling cipher like George W. Bush elected president, the powers-behind-the-throne must have believed they were untouchable and could get away with anything — including lying about WMD, outing a CIA agent, and, perhaps, lying to a special prosecutor.

Yes. Of course. Senior Assministration Officials believed that they could do no wrong, were above the law. Why Abu Al Gonzales said as much, concluding in the Bybee memo that in a time of war the President could declare any law unconsitutional. The executive, Gonzales advised, could violate any law — be it a ban on torture or a prohibition against revealing the identity of a covert agent. They believed they were above the law, and acted accordingly.