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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Obstruction of justice

Title 18, Part I, Chapter 73 Section 1515 of US Code is quite clear about what constitutes obstruction of justice (even if the legal citation drives you nuts!) And if you skip on down paragraph b you will find:
(b) As used in section 1505, the term “corruptly” means acting with an improper purpose, personally or by influencing another, including making a false or misleading statement, or withholding, concealing, altering, or destroying a document or other information. (Emphasis added).
So who's going down for the CIA's decision to destroy videotapes of the "aggressive interrogation?" No one, if George lives up to his script.

But it's clear that the contempt for the law that has permeated every pore of the Bush administration is on vivid display in this breathtakingly lawless act. Why else would even congressional Republicans and the Bush-appointed CIA chief proclaim they were against the act?

The ultimate legacy of the Bush administration will be that it was a time of men, not laws. For the good of the Constitution he was sworn up "preserve, protect and defend" it's time to hold somebody accountable for the utter lawlessness that has blackened our reputation around the world.

Congressional Democrats may not have the votes to stop war funding. But if it can't find some Republicans with enough moral courage to punish these reckless acts and actors, then we really should throw all the bums out.

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