Monday, January 28, 2008

The Bush Legacy

  • the emergence of the use of torture
  • secret prisons
  • indefinite detention
  • the denial of habeas corpus
  • warrantless eavesdropping
  • illegal domestic spying
  • the politicization of the administration of criminal justice and of civil rights
  • the claimed unilateral nullification of enacted legislation
  • the claim that the failure by the president to comply with Executive Orders amounts to a secret and unwritten revocation or revision of such orders
  • dictation of the terms of legislation by the president to Congress
  • dictation of the terms of appropriations bills (heretofore known as the "power of the purse" by the president to Congress
  • the declaration that federal judges are incompetent to rule on questions touching on "national security"
  • the refusal of the "unitary executive" to permit the other branches to test its claims of "executive privilege"
  • the refusal of the Justice Department to prosecute contempt of Congress charges against executive branch officials
  • the staggering increase in the frequency of use of the "state secrets" privilege to block access to the courts
  • the systematic suppression of scientific evidence regarding "administration" policies through the manipulation of administrative procedure

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