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.
You seem to have missed the word "unethical."

Remember, W ran on a a platform of "restoring ethics and dignity."

Instead, we got wiretapping, which may or may not be legal, may or may not be constitutional, but which was denied to have been done, and then, when it was shown to be happening, the response was, "hey, Clinton did it."

Where is the ethics and dignity in that?

We also got the PATRIOT act, which in case you forgot, was not only passed in the middle of the night, but which was edited AFTER its formal presentation to congress. The handful of congresspeople approved a version of the bill which NONE of them had read, for the simple reason that the words were changed after they got their copies.

And let's not forget that Gonzales and staff wrote arguments to justify the KIDNAPPING and TORTURE of US citizens with NO judicial involvement, and the long-term detention of them and the prevention of them from getting judicial scrutiny for their plight.



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