Sunday, January 28, 2007

Another sign that we're living under a (hopefully fading) neo-fascist government

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Indefensible

By Richard Cohen
Tuesday, January 23, 2007; A17

"On the cold moonlit evening of March 5, 1770," writes David McCullough in his magisterial "John Adams," "the streets of Boston were covered by nearly a foot of snow." A crowd set upon a lone British sentry at Boston's Province House, taunting him. Quickly, reinforcements arrived, and so did a larger crowd. Soon the crowd hurled snowballs, chunks of ice, oyster shells and stones. The soldiers, now nine, opened fire, killing five Bostonians -- "bloody butchery," Samuel Adams called it. Only one lawyer would defend the British soldiers. He was a different Adams -- John Adams, a good man on the path to being great.

I resurrect this tale about Adams because it is sorely needed. Just this month, an official in the Bush administration, a deputy assistant secretary of defense named Charles D. Stimson, suggested that lawyers who defend terrorism suspects being held at Guantanamo not only should not do so but that their firms ought to be blackballed as a result.

"I think, quite honestly, when corporate CEOs see that those firms are representing the very terrorists who hit their bottom line back in 2001, those CEOs are going to make those law firms choose between representing terrorists or representing reputable firms," he said in a radio interview. You may want to read that again.

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Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

I watched the PBS docudrama on John Adams this week. What an incredible forward thinking plucky little fellow. He even had the cajones to let Jefferson write the preamble and didn't let Franklin's showboating deter about your unsung hero.
All of the tricky legal manoeuvering at play involving Guantanamo will be fodder for Constitutional Experts to review for years..the lawyers, the government, the citizens of the USA, will all will have their share of blame when the dust settles.
This is a very dangerous precedent to set and it will be average Americans who will become future detainees in some foreign compound with little hope of being rescued through an International Code of Law.
Another prime example of the myopic mishandling of a so-called War on Terrorism from an administration that misjudged the scope of the situation from day one...a War of Errorism.

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