Saturday, January 21, 2006

reagan-appointed judge suggests bush is a criminal

Ok, I admit the headline here is mildly misleading; I was indulging my inner Karl Rove. But in sentencing the Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin to prison for handing over secrets to lobbyists working for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Reagan-appointed US District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said that, regardless of Franklin's motives, "It doesn't matter that you think you were really helping. That arrogates to yourself the decision whether to adhere to a statute passed by Congress, and we can't have that in this country."

Well said, Judge Ellis. Signing statements and alleged warpowers notwithstanding, no individual has the right to decide whether or not a law duly passed by Congress applies to him or her. And that includes de facto President Bush and the entire executive branch.