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August 05, 2006

The Constitution in Crisis

Congressman John Conyers just released a final report that compiles the evidence - in 350 pages - that the Bush Administration has been ignoring the Constitution and our laws.  Here's what Conyers says in a post introducing the report that he put up at both DailyKos and the Huffington Post:

We have seen so many transgressions by this Administration that it is easy to forget last week's scandal amid this week's new outrage.  I am hopeful that compiling all of these events of the last few years will help wake all of us up to the gravity of these matters and the cumulative damage to our country.

The well-documented report includes damaging information indicating:

  1. The administration knew that Iraq had no WMD
  2. Intelligence officials disputed claims of collaboration between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda
  3. The administration engaged in a concerted effort to discredit and defame anyone who disputed their claims, i.e. Joe Wilson, Eric Shinseki, Paul O'Neill and others
  4. The war on terror was used as an excuse to eviscerate the basic protections of the Constitution
  5. The Republican Congress has sat idly by and allowed this to occur

I am reminded of how important we all thought the rule of law was as the Communist east came crumbling down a decade and a half ago.  We kept saying that establishing a rule of law was the single most important thing that a country could do to move toward democracy.  So, much as most of us are familiar with the "Constitution in Crisis" issues that Conyers points out in this report, it's unnerving to see them all gathered together in one place.  It also points us toward the kind of investigations we can probably expect to see if Democrats like Conyers are in the majority next year.  The Party in the minority can write reports.  The Party in the majority can conduct investigations.

 

Posted by Lynn Allen on August 5, 2006 at 07:19 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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