"L'etat c'est moi"
We are supposed to believe that this is the man who will be bringing democracy to the Middle East? According to a story in the Washington Post, the reason Bush doesn't think he needs anyone's permission to spy on American citizens is that the war gives the president plenary power. This means absolute, total, unchecked power.
Bush's constitutional argument, in the eyes of some legal scholars and previous White House advisers, relies on extraordinary claims of presidential war-making power. Bush said yesterday that the lawfulness of his directives was affirmed by the attorney general and White House counsel, a list that omitted the legislative and judicial branches of government. On occasion the Bush administration has explicitly rejected the authority of courts and Congress to impose boundaries on the power of the commander in chief, describing the president's war-making powers in legal briefs as "plenary" -- a term defined as "full," "complete," and "absolute."Oversight by the judiciary or the legislative branch. Irrelevant. Presumptuous. In short, there is only one branch of government. As Anthony Wade put it: "It became official today; President Bush named himself King of the United States."
Our new motto: who cares about the law, just do it.
And then George III blames the spineless, sycophantic New York Times for the fact that he has to even answer questions about it. Cockburn and St. Clair analyze the striking gulf between coverage of this story in the New York Times and the Washington Post.