A new, and evil, mind-virus is raging in America. The virus was contracted first inside the executive branch, the branch of government over the past 8 years that has insisted on "unitary executive" status. The "unitary executive", in short, is an extra-constitutional notion declaring that any and all decisions made by the president for "national security" reasons supercede any and all existing American laws. In actuality, the "unitary" doctrine is simply disgraced president Richard Nixon's, "if the president does it, it's not illegal", sentiment....warmed over in some new petri dish labeled "neo-conservative."
The new virus quickly spread to the media Villagers, a group extremely susceptible to Republican presidential claims of being above the law. These Villagers, then, methodically and faithfully spread the destructive virus on to the American public. Severe outbreaks of this virus have been witnessed recently, intensifying because Villagers aren't sure whether the newly elected president has really contracted the virus, or whether he's immune.
The virus leaves it's victims delirious, unable to tell right from wrong, forgetful that America is a nation of laws, not men. One of the most debilitating symptoms of catching this virus is witnessed in the tortured logic spewing out of the mouths of those inflicted with it.....
In recent weeks, Mr. Bush, Vice President Cheney and other officials have strongly defended their counterterrorism methods and credited them with preventing attacks on the United States since 2001. Their implicit argument — that the Obama administration should not question policies that protected Americans — was made more explicit and personal by Michael V. Hayden, the departing C.I.A. director, in a session with reporters on Thursday.
“If I’m going to go to an officer and say, ‘I’ve got a truth commission, or I want to post all your e-mails, or, well, we’ve got this guy from the bureau who wants to talk to you,’ ” Mr. Hayden said, it would discourage such a C.I.A. officer from taking risks on behalf of the new president’s policies.
“We have no right to ask this guy to bet his kid’s college education on who’s going to win the off-year election,” Mr. Hayden said, alluding to legal fees that such a C.I.A. officer might face.Link
A bank employee is told by his manager that his work at a bank will be strictly scrutinized according to bank rules and regulations, as well as state and national laws. The employee's e-mails will be subject to regular review, and he will, from time to time, be required to answer questions about his performance by auditors and/or bank regulators.
The bank employee responds....
"If such scrutiny is part of my job, I will be discouraged from taking the risks I need to take while working to reach the greater policy goals of the bank.....making more profits. I can't place my child's college education fund in jeopardy, which is what I would be doing if I had to constantly worry about what lawyers might accuse me of doing while I'm taking risks for the sake of the bank. Sending or receiving e-mails subject to review could place me in a situation where I might have to defend myself with very expensive lawyers and that would be very discouraging and frustrating. Unworkable, really."
In Michael Hayden's fatally infected mind, and in the fatally infected minds of many stenographic Village workers.....the response by the bank employee in my hypothetical is reasonable, sound, and indisputable.
Truthium tablets are the only known cure....and they're, sadly, in short supply.
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