The NY Times has a new editorial taking the bold stance that Congress should re-establish the Constitution as the binding document of American government.
It’s one of those sad, sad states of the times when we must actually applaud when a major newspaper says something so obvious. So way to go, New York Times, for saying shit you should have said 5 or more years ago!
Related, Glenn Greenwald has an article in which he agrees with the goal of the NYT piece, but argues that the tactics the NYT espouses will not be effective. Greenwald claims that since the Democrats don’t have enough of a majority to override a presidential veto, that they need to hold hearing after hearing and send out subpoena after subpoena, to put all the information regarding the Executive branche’s illegal behavior right in the face of the media and the public. Only then, he figures, will additional politicians be willing to take on the Bush regime and restore the checks and balances.
Unrelated, Greenwald also points out that after years of stalling and misdirection, the Bush administration has finally been compelled to hand over a video tape of permanent detainee Jose Padilla. The tape would allegedly show that Padilla had been abused or tortured by his interrogators. And now that the prosecutors have exhausted all their legal trickery, they now claim that the tape has… mysteriously vanished.
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