Disgusting

So Bush administration officials were willing to test the constitutionality ofusing the military on US soil to arrest the Lackawanna 6:

WASHINGTON — Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated
testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of
Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, according to former administration officials.

Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney,
argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic
soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the
Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.

Yet when it came to this…
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…at least one key Bush administration officialargued the unconstitutionality of sending federal troops to ya know…save lives:

Though various military bases had been mobilized into a state of
alert well before the advance team’s tour, Rumsfeld’s aversion to using
active-duty troops was evident: “There’s no doubt in my mind,” says one
of Bush’s close advisers today, “that Rumsfeld didn’t like the
concept.”

The next day, three days after landfall, word of disorder in New
Orleans had reached a fever pitch. According to sources familiar with
the conversation, DHS secretary Michael Chertoff called Rumsfeld that
morning and said, “You’re going to need several thousand troops.”

“Well, I disagree,” said the SecDef. “And I’m going to tell the president we don’t need any more than the National Guard.”

SNIP

McHale argues that Rumsfeld’s caution was due to his conviction that
Bush could not send in the military as de facto law-enforcement
officers under the Insurrection Act. But as one of the top lawyers
involved in such scenarios for Katrina would say, “That in my mind was
just a stall tactic so as not to get the active-duty military engaged.
All you needed to do was use them for logistics.”

Ultimately, Rumsfeld’s obfuscations about National Guard rotations,
unity-of-command challenges, and the Insurrection Act did not serve his
commander in chief, says one senior official intimately involved with
the whole saga: “There’s a difference between saying to the president
of the United States, ‘I understand, and let me solve it,’ and making
the president figure out the right question to ask.”

“What it’s about,” says this official, “is recognizing that in an
emergency, the appearance of control has real operational significance.
If people are panicked, everything becomes harder. If we had put those
troops in on Thursday, the narrative of Katrina would be a very
different one.”

For Dick and Don the Constitution wasn’t the foundation of legal authority of the United States to which they must adhere. No for them it was an Obstacle. At times it was an inconvenient obstacle to be overcome and at other times a convenient obstacle to be used as a roadblock. In the end that wonderful document, our legacy from the founders, didn’t really mean jack shit to them and thus what an awful legacy they in turn have left.

Once again…

7 thoughts on “Disgusting

  1. For Dick and Don the Constitution wasn’t the foundation of legal authority of the United States to which they must adhere. No for them it was an Obstacle.
    I don’t think they ever considered the Constitution or any other law. For those guys, it was all about The Power.
    SP

  2. BlakNo1 says:

    This is just the tip of a very ugly iceberg. What we find out about about the Bush/Cheney regime in the next 5-10 years will confirm ALL of our worst suspicions, and I do mean ALL.

  3. bmaz says:

    Excellent post; thanks for saying that.

  4. MapleStreet says:

    What I’m waiting for is an explanation of why a couple of things exist side by side:
    1) The Reichwingers are the ones who formed a list of people to arrest in time of civil disturbance, arrested people without habeus, keep everything secret, develop a surveillance program on innocents (including reporters and congress), etc.
    2) The Reichwingers are the ones who have advance the conspiracy theories of Illuminati, Majestic 12, MI-5, etc.
    3) The religious reichwingers tie all these into the “666” mark of the beast, world government
    4) The reichwingers adamantly hold that it is the democrats doing this.

  5. hoppy says:

    MapleStreet, how much proof do we need that you have to be batshit crazy to be a right winger? If there is another explanation it escapes me. Add this to the fact that those same right wingers just longed for the day Bush declared himself “President for life” and began arresting all who disagreed with him on anything. And, those same folks are now saying a US POW should be executed by the enemy to save us the trouble. Utterly batshit crazy. Send for the straitjackets.

  6. MapleStreet says:

    Hoppy, quite agreed.
    But even insanity has a certain logic to it. It is a perversion of logic (that is a bent, taking something normal and slightly bending it) rather than a dissolution of logic.
    In our current mass hysteria / tarantella I can’t find that thread.

  7. Tommy T says:

    This is why they fear being rounded up by the Obamanation and sent to re-education camps. Projection.
    It’s what they wanted, in their heart of hearts, for anyone who opposed them, and now that the shoe of Power is on the other foot, their worship of “the unitary executive” has turned to dread.
    Why? Because they see everything through the filter of self. They think everyone is like them, because if they are wrong and everyone isn’t like them – they are monsters.
    And we can’t have that, can we?

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