May 21, 2006

The Bush War Against the Constitution

Sunday Alberto Gonzales said that laws on the books allowed the government to prosecute journalists reporting secret information.

Yesterday, Gonzales said, "I understand very much the role that the press plays in our society, the protection under the First Amendment we want to promote and respect . . . but it can't be the case that that right trumps over the right that Americans would like to see, the ability of the federal government to go after criminal activity."

As for the Times, he said, "As we do in every case, it's a case-by-case evaluation about what the evidence shows us, our interpretation of the law. We have an obligation to enforce the law and to prosecute those who engage in criminal activity."

Obviously, it doesn't matter that the secret information that is being reported on is the criminal activity of this administration, it's still secret. Nothing this government does requires oversight from other branches, nor pesky investigations from the press. After all, the idea of checks and balances is such a quaint concept. This is all just one more step toward our own Kafka-esque criminal enterprise which can arbitrarily do whatever it wants.

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Comments

Sweet! Let's start with conservative hack Robert Novak for being the first to publish a certian now-famous CIA operatives identity in direct violation of national security laws.

Posted by: Ray at May 22, 2006 01:50 PM

Amazing. I didn't realize that information classified by our government as "secret" for national security reasons was a new practice particular to only the current Administration - Kafka-esque indeed.

Don't they realize that the truth sets us free? Don't they realize that there's no such thing as bad people, just misunderstandings? For what possible purpose could there ever be a need to classify anything as secret?

Wouldn't it be great if the press had access to ALL the information of the Government once and for all? All of our social security information? All of our Medicare records? All information from the FCC concerning our communications infrastructure, including radio frequencies, cell phone frequencies, and satellites? How about all of our nuclear missle launch codes?

Then, wouldn't it be just LIBERATING for some enterprising reporter to publish EVERYTHING for the world and all it's 6 billion inhabitants, including those who work tirelessly to kill every American on earth?

Anything short of allowing full disclosure in the press of any and all US government information must surely be oppression of the most bone-crunching magnitude - a total abrogation of the First Amendement no doubt.

Great point!

Or...

While any secret of government may seem "Kafka-esque" to some, the idea that no secrets should exists is ridiculous and infantile - something Kafka (or Jones or Smith or...anyone) might have written when he was about 3 years old.

The world is a dangerous place. There are some things that are best kept off the front pages.

Anyone who fails to understand this basic reality needs to GROW UP.

Posted by: orangeducks at May 23, 2006 09:03 AM

So orangeducks, you'd be right fine with the administration ripping of Fort Knox and having total immunity because they claimed it was necessary for national security. Okay, someone does need to grow up, but I suspect is it poor gullible you.

Posted by: Mary at May 24, 2006 02:27 AM