Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Future American lawyers to be proud of.

... and Alberto Gonzales.

Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveilance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty ballsy and brave. They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him.

To make matters worse for Gonzales, additional students came into the room, wearing black cowls and carrying a simple banner, written on a sheet.

Fortunately for him, it was a brief speech... followed by a panel discussion that basically ripped his argument a new asshole.

And, as one of the people on the panel said,

"When you're a law student, they tell you if say that if you can't argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can't argue the facts, argue the law. If you can't argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again "it's lawful", and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough.

In light of this, I'm proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today."

- David Cole, Georgetown University Law Professor

It was a good day for dissent.
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Well done, Georgetown students !!! I will even forgive you for the basketball victory over my beloved Duke Blue Devils.
AMAZING! I got chills looking at this
Permalinked. And amazing.
Good to see that the debate is alive, well, and in the faces of our leadership in spite of their gross inattention to and denial of all opinions other than their own.

I have rarely seen so much single-minded propagandist strides on so weak a platform as those that the Bush administration keeps walking around this town...

good for those students. Now if they can actually hold on to those ethics, even better.
Admire the law students act of defiance by turning their faces away and let Gonzalez talk to their would have added to the effectiveness of their message if they followed that by letting him speak to an empty hall by walking away
I was so moved by this, I feel like crying, literally!
This almost made me cry for joy at work. Beautiful.
i bet he feels iddy biddy and in that first photo he definitely looks it.
That is awesome.
That's awesome. I'm swiping this, if you don't mind.
Sure am glad to see this!

Also, David Cole's commentary voices well my exact
feelings on W's "spin" method of repetition of
his opinions until they, somehow, gain the patina
of truth in some people's eyes.

D. Hoornstra
That is fucking awesome.

Ben Franklin knew his stuff. For all the talk about building governments and looking to our 'forefathers' for guidance, they're ignoring everything those forefathers ever said.

Rolling in the grave, man, rolling in the grave.

Hahahahaha. Awesome icon.
beautiful. simply beautiful.
What a great way to start the day. This sort of thing should happen every time he leaves his ivory tower.
I'm quite proud of those students
There's still hope. Maybe only a little, but when it comes to hope, a little is enough.'s not technically 'civil disobedience', but that is one of the most awesome things I've seen all week.
1) It's not illegal.
2) We're at war - it's not unethical.
3) Those who grasp at straws, purely because they hate Bush, will someday wake up and thank the gods that terrorism did kill them or their families. I'm all for protest, but this is moronic.
You just keep believing in those imaginary monsters, Anonymous. It's an unwinable war against a made-up political cause--an idea. Terrorism can't be eradicated. In fact, since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, the frequency of terrorist acts has only increased as George Bush has continually polarized his platform into one of "Christians vs. Infidels" instead of "Freedom vs. Oppression".
It's nice to see students active in campus politics and expressing free speech, but it would also be nice if they had bothered to accurately quoted Ben Franklin. What's on the sheet is not Ben Franklin's quote but a misquote. The actual and accurate quote is: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." [source: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, November 11, 1755.—The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Leonard W. Labaree, vol. 6, p. 242 (1963).]

You would think future lawyers would have done proper research to obtain the actual quote.
It's called paraphrasing, and it's often done to save space. Relax, son.
that was fantastic! thanks...
This is a good thing. It's just a shame that it's come to this.

Once things like this become widespread, then the administration will start getting more aggressive with their police actions.

Before you know it, we'll have our very own police state!

(If only someone in power would actually do something to bring politics back into balance. Where are the moderates and strong democrats when you need them?)

BTW love your blog. Do you mind if I add you as a friend?
(sniff) I gots ta say... yall kikked my arse oot there! keep that feelin as the bushies are haulin yer buns to a yugoslavian black-ops prison for a lil 'interogation'. much love!- the Rev. Min-T-Phresh
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