October 3, 2007

Conservative? Or Authoritarian?

I think we know the answer to this question. But Jack Goldsmith, the conservative law professor who worked in the White House for a short period, adds to what we know.
'The Terror Presidency' by Jack Goldsmith - Los Angeles Times:When Goldsmith went to the White House to deliver his first opinion as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, he argued that the Fourth Geneva Convention, which governs the conduct of occupying powers, did in fact cover the U.S. treatment of Iraqi insurgents. Addington exploded, "The president has already decided that terrorists do not receive Geneva Convention protections. You cannot question his decision."

On another occasion, in spring 2004, Goldsmith was asked to evaluate an "important counterterrorism initiative." When he told the White House that "the Justice Department could not support the initiative's legality," Addington reacted "in disgust," snapping, "If you rule that way, the blood of the hundred thousand people who die in the next attack will be on your hands."
Addington is, of course, Dick Cheney's right hand man.

1 comment:

steve s said...

Looks like a really good book. From what little I know of him, I respect how he views the Constitution. I just put a hold on it at my local library. I look forward to reading it.