Sworn to Uphold the Law
Regarding the recently disclosed Bush Administration legal opinions on presidential powers during war:
"In one of the newly disclosed opinions, Justice Department appointee John Yoo argued that constitutional provisions ensuring free speech and barring warrantless searches could be disregarded by the president in wartime, allowing troops to storm a building if they suspected terrorists might be inside. In another, the department asserted that detainees could be transferred to countries known to commit human rights abuses so long as U.S. officials did not intentionally seek their torture. The opinions were initially drafted -- and later repudiated at least in part -- by the Justice Department's storied Office of Legal Counsel, which issues interpretations of laws and presidential authorities considered binding on the entire executive branch."
See these three links for more detail.
Note Holder's assertions that “Too often over the past decade, the fight against terrorism has been viewed as a zero-sum battle with our civil liberties. Not only is that thought misguided, I fear that in actuality it does more harm than good.”
Then think about how willing this administration is to say one thing and then do the exact opposite.
All it takes to turn tyranny into legality is one compliant government lawyer in the right place at the right time....