It is important because of its constitutional implications and its contravention of the principle of rule of law in the United States. The constitutional issue, in its simplest terms, is that the CIA works for the president, and when it operates without legally mandated oversight by the executive branch and judiciary, it makes the Agency little better than a secret army run by the POTUS.
Bill Pahnelas says:
That torture and the rest of these illegal activities occurred is not an accident. When Cheney announced that they gloves would come off and Rumsfeld used intelligence related or not to condemn Saddam, it was clear that Tony Blair was not being ironic when he claimed these were the price to be paid to live in a civilized society. Or something like that. The point is not what they or anyone says about the rule of law, or what lip service is paid to the Constitution. We are looking straight into the face of the world as it’s being given to us from those who occupy the seats of power. That they use their positions to insert the elected officials that will put a stamp of legitimacy on their acts is just a part of a charade that is wearing increasingly thin. At some point, I’m sure the pretence will be jettisoned altogether.
[sidebar: The rule of law in the United States isn't. But, CITIZENS' LAWYERS can certainly be a BLOODLESS REVOLUTION!?
|Lauren [PUG] Paulson's "Bloodless Revolution" >>|
.. to be continued ...]