Thursday, August 30, 2007

Required Reading For Every American

I just got this as an email and am reprinting it as is.
This should be put on the front page of every paper in the world.
Please steal it and pass this around to every one you know.

>> Burning the Law in a Riot of Treason
>> By William Rivers Pitt
>> Monday 27 August 2007
>> As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both
>> instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly
>> unchanged,
>> and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air,
>> however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
>> - Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
>> The departure of Alberto Gonzales from the Attorney General's Office
>> brings America to a place of definitions, and hanging in the balance is
>> the
>> very idea of the nation itself. The basic concepts and fundamental
>> principles of our republic now stand as the only legitimate
>> considerations
>> going forward, for they have been tested almost to annihilation already,
>> and
>> will not endure much longer if we continue on this path.
>> It is the mythology within the Declaration of Independence we speak
>> of,
>> the fiction that tells us we are endowed with rights, and that those
>> rights
>> are unalienable. This falsehood has been vividly exposed in the last
>> several
>> years, and it has been a harsh lesson indeed. All the rights we hold dear
>> and believe to be our greatest strength are, in fact, only words on old
>> paper with neither force nor power. The next line - "That to secure these
>> rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers
>> from the consent of the governed" - is the muscle behind the myth, the
>> core
>> that has endured a withering assault.
>> Matters are so much worse than our national political dialogue lets
>> on.
>> The resignation of Gonzales has unleashed a torrent of hard words and
>> harsh
>> criticisms aimed at the deplorable nature of his tenure, but the truth of
>> it
>> continues to elude mention. They call Gonzales an incompetent, a crony, a
>> loyalist, a disgrace, leaving off the one word necessary to fully explain
>> who he is, and what he was engaged in before he stepped down.
>> Alberto Gonzales is a traitor. That is the only word to explain it.
>> He is not the only one; there are many more traitors like him in the
>> Bush administration, criminals joined in an act of treason so vast and
>> comprehensive that it beggars comparison. Nothing quite like this has
>> ever
>> before been attempted in America, and if they are allowed to succeed,
>> there
>> will be nothing of what defines America left to be seen.
>> Gonzales and his Bush administration collaborators have committed
>> their
>> treason against the rule of law itself, a crime so absolute that it is
>> technically not illegal. There is no code, ordinance or law specifically
>> forbidding the total ruination of all our rights and protections; the act
>> is
>> neither felony nor misdemeanor, because nobody ever considered the
>> black-letter necessity of making it illegal to destroy the rule of law.
>> But there is no America without that rule of law - no rights, no
>> protections, no Constitution; there is nothing, and if you destroy the
>> rule
>> of law, you destroy the idea that is America itself. The only word for a
>> crime like that is treason, and those who would dare commit it are
>> traitors.
>> Gonzales and his Bush administration collaborators have done more than
>> dare.
>> They have been pursuing it, with deliberation and intent, throughout each
>> moment of their tenure.
>> Their treason is not in the actual crimes they have committed, but in
>> the way they have chosen to avoid accountability for them. Their treason
>> is
>> not their refusal to obey the Freedom of Information Act, but in their
>> insistence that they are above the application of that law. Their treason
>> is
>> not in their refusal to obey subpoenas from Congress, but in their claim
>> that they are above the laws behind those subpoenas. Their treason is not
>> that they fired United States attorneys and then refused to come clean
>> about
>> it, but that they decimated the impartiality of the Department of Justice
>> and turned the rule of law into another partisan weapon. Their treason is
>> not the NSA surveillance of Americans, but their steadfast refusal to
>> submit
>> to the governing laws and the requirement of oversight.
>> When George W. Bush asserted a claim of Executive Privilege that made
>> him and his administration immune to all laws and oversight, that was an
>> act
>> of treason because it shattered the rule of law. When Dick Cheney
>> asserted
>> that the Office of the Vice President was not part of the Executive
>> Branch,
>> because he did not want to obey the laws requiring him to hand over
>> official
>> documents to the Archives, that was an act of treason because it
>> shattered
>> the rule of law. When Alberto Gonzales chose to surrender the
>> independence
>> of the Department of Justice so he could protect those assertions, that
>> was
>> an act of treason because it shattered the rule of law.
>> Americans have only the rights they are able to protect and defend.
>> Our
>> rights are nothing more than ideas; only theory and argument on parchment
>> all too easily burned to ashes. The power of those rights is only found
>> in
>> our collective submission to the rule of law, and submission to that rule
>> of
>> law is all that stands between our freedoms and the conflagration of
>> tyranny. Without the rule of law, there is no America.
>> That is the treason of Alberto Gonzales, and the treason of the Bush
>> administration entire. They have attacked and undercut the rule of law by
>> refusing to submit to it, and in doing so have brought us to the edge of
>> appalling infamy. Theirs is a crime without peer, and we will be
>> fortunate
>> beyond measure if we are able to recover from it.
>> The fact that Alberto Gonzales has left is meaningless in the main,
>> because the treason he participated in continues in his absence. If the
>> damage is to be repaired, he must be replaced by someone who will submit
>> to
>> the main imperative, someone who will submit to the rule of law, someone
>> with real independence and unbending respect for the idea that is
>> America.
>> Gonzales must not be replaced by another crony or yes-man, because
>> Americans
>> have only those rights we can protect and defend, and another traitor in
>> that lofty post is no protection at all.
>> Gonzales was more than a poor steward of this trust. He was a traitor
>> among traitors. If the rule of law is to stand, the treason he helped
>> commit
>> must be ended, and a patriot must take his place.
>> ------------------------------
>> William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally
>> bestselling
>> author of two books: "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to
>> Know"
>> and "The Greatest Sedition Is Silence." His newest book, "House of Ill
>> Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation," is
>> now
>> available from PoliPointPress.

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