Georgetown Law Students
Turn Backs To Gonzales
Future American lawyers to be proud of...
[U.S. Attorney General] Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown Law School today [2006-03-07], attempting to justify illegal, unauthorized surveillance 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 which basically ripped his argument in half.
And, as one of the people on the panel said:
When you're a law student, they tell you 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.
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Alberto Gonzales as Instrument of Demonic Evil
While we're on the subject of Gonzales, this is the guy who, as Attorney General of the United States, tells George W. Bush that he is basically above the law and can do anything he wants so. Since Bush is a psychopathic megalomaniac this is just what he wants to hear.
Recently Gonzales appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee attempting to defend Bush's illegal spying on electronic communications between American citizens (although no-one mentions the word publicly, this spying is presumably part of ECHELON activity). Regarding Gonzales's performance Molly Ivins had this to say:
As a New York Times editorial succinctly put it, Attorney General Gonzales' Judiciary Committee appearance was a "daylong display of cynical hair-splitting, obfuscation, disinformation and stonewalling."
How fortunate that Republicans running the committee did not insist the chief law enforcement officer of the United States take an oath before testifying. God forbid that he should actually be held to the truth. ...
Gonzales kept trying to frame the issue as a question of whether or not a domestic spying program without warrants is illegal in fact, it is against the law.
Gonzales maintained the law is superseded by some unwritten constitutional power due the president during time of war and further that Congress had authorized warrantless spying when giving the president the authority to invade Afghanistan. Strange, so few who voted for invading Afghanistan recall having warrantless spying in mind.
Molly Ivins, The Destruction of the Constitution Pathetic pipsqueak Al Gonzales snows Judiciary committee on domestic spying
And Gonzales is the guy who formulated the U.S.'s very own definition of "torture", and who advised George W. Bush that the Geneva Conventions are now "quaint" and can be ignored (at least, when it is Americans who are doing the torturing).
Alberto Gonzales, the US Attorney General and author of the infamous "torture memos", said in his confirmation hearings that the Torture Convention's ban does not apply to US interrogations of foreigners abroad. On this account the US must not torture its own citizens at home and abroad, and cannot torture foreigners on its own territory. Everyone else is fair game. ... The Bush Administration's perpetual attempt to redefine the law, subjects, and scope of the obligation not to torture has convinced many that the primary casualty of the "war on terror" is the protection of human rights.
Chandra Lekha Sriram, Exporting Torture: US Rendition and European Outrage
But while eighty-sixing the brass knucks in mixed company, at least Bush and Rumsfeld have continued to implement a range of mind-breaking psychological tortures, the official documents show. These are practices that PHR [ Physicians for Human Rights] notes are "immoral and ... illegal under the Geneva Conventions, ... [U.S.] domestic law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice." These codified crimes are spread across the gulag's 42 prisons, where some 11,000 men are now caged many of them innocent of any wrongdoing, all of them held without charges in an endless legal limbo.
This nightmare machinery was set in motion by [Attorney General] Gonzales, who, at Bush's order, led the White House legal team in drawing up official memos justifying the use of torture to the very point of death, and declaring that Bush was not bound by any laws in his role as "commander-in-chief." This monstrous perversion of justice was a virtual coup d'etat, establishing the president as a military autocrat and fostering an atmosphere of lawlessness and brutality "up and down the chain of command."
Chris Floyd, Dark Waters
Humanity is a cosmic experiment, the purpose of which is to ascertain to what moral and spiritual heights an intelligent form of animal life can rise or to what depths of depravity and evil it can sink. For quite some time it has been clear that the spiritual heights have rarely been attained. Rather the question now is: How decadent, depraved and corrupted can humanity become? To what extent, given the moral indifference and absence of widespread resistance by the populations of the militarily most-advanced countries, can demonic evil gain control over the entire world?
If, as it seems, there is no limit, once this has become clear then the experiment may be ended, and the human species, having disgraced itself in the eyes of God by aiding and abetting demonic evil, may rightly be exterminated (before it causes extinction of all life on the planet), in case it does not manage to exterminate itself. A few million years in the future, or on another planet orbiting another star, with a new experiment, better designed, there might be a more felicitous outcome.
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