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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It's very good to some people still prepared to make a statement for ethics and civil rights.

And to all the people who have contributed to this thread putting down the students who have put thier future careers on the line to denounce the abuse of civil rights in the US I can only say; as someone who has been fitted-up(framened) by testosterone-crazy-cops high on the threat of international terrorism; you are, at best, extremly naive!
Someone on my FL linked your journal. Not sure where he got it from. At anyrate, this is awesome! And rest assured it will get linked in my LJ as well.

Did Georgetown invite him?
I heart your Maneki Neko icon!
Fuckin' Ae!

Suprised I didn't see this in the news last night.
i'm not.

perhaps further demonstrations by media studies students over this biased silence is in order?
Rock on, kids. Well-said and well-executed.
I heart David Cole.
wow. a little bit of my lost hope for america's future has been restored by what those students have done. i got goosebumps and a tear in my eye. good for them.
Nice. :) Very very cool! I wish I had been there.
Most beautiful entry I've seen in a long time. Made my week.
Perhaps there is hope for the future...
This is great!

Makes the feelings of solitude melt away
I want to talk about this on the radio and need a news source. I will talk about it regardless but it would be nice to have a source to go with the blog. Please contact me ASAP

Several sources mentioned in the above thread. CNN and Chicago Tribune both mentioned it, as did the Salt Lake Tribune.

CNN is the best source:
this would be me adding myself to the pile of people who give a shit.

well done.
simply awesome.
It was interesting how NPR reported it. Something like, 'A number of students turned their backs, but just as many applauded Gonzales after his speech.'

When I hear 'a number', I don't think of more than ten people or so. Looks like there were quite a few more back-turners than that.
This makes me so proud. I love it. Sometimes I found myself surrounded with so much apathy and then to see this, I don't feel so alone.
Thank you for posting this. It's heartening.

(I got here via a post on my husband's flist.)

We need more of this here.
FANTASTIC NEWS!! glad someone has the guts..after all, why should old gonzalez get an audience..ho ho ho. .
well, that was a good try. Let's see if it helps..
I'm sure Gonzales reported this to Bush who said: "Those fuckers will never pass the bar exam!" And then he picked up the phone and started making a few calls.

These students almost make me like lawyers. That is, until I remember that at least half of them will sell out and become crooked politicians...just the same though, it's a good reminder that we all need to made a stand against the tyranny of Bush and Co.
Thanks for posting this - it's heartening. This kind of thing seems to get reported less and less often - especially as we rely on quite limited international news media (I'm in Prague, Czech Republic).

I've "added" you by the way, hope that's okay.
Thanks for posting this.
Wonderful! I Heart Impeachment right along with you.
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