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Wholesale Immunity

Thursday, August 10, 2006

With the stroke of a pen, criminal acts committed by policymakers would simply disappear. Even better, that pen-stroke would have the power to time-travel by erasing their past crimes. From this AP article:
The Bush administration drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal.
The Bush administration is trying to implement these amendments to shield itself from prosecution for torturing individuals which is prohibited under existing laws.
As Mel Brooks once remarked, "It's good to be the king!" But why stop here? Why not pass a law that makes all of government immune from both criminal and civil punishment? That way, they can rule unimpeded. Imagine how protected and secure the American people would feel if policymakers didn't have to worry about being sued every time they violated an individual's rights. They could then focus on protecting large swaths of Americans. Imagine the efficiency!
...I'm being sarcastic, of course.


Blogger Mark said...

My take is a little different. I have a post up on my site where I ask whether the Constitution's prohibition of ex post facto laws does not apply to the government. I don't know the answer.

4:02 PM  

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