JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’s OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL CLASSIFIES ITS LEGAL OPINION ON GEORGE BUSH’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS
As the reign of our illustrious leader, George the Stupid, draws to an end, his handlers at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel have begun the thankless task of cleaning up the legal mess of the man who many regard as America’s most intellectually challenged President.
Like any good political cleanup, anything that cannot be lost, shredded or discredited, must be classified. Which is what the Office of Legal Counsel has done with their legal analysis of the President’s justification for his executive orders.
After you have had a chance to peruse them, you will see why.
Luckily for America, freshman Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, in his capacity as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was given access to those secret opinions, spent hours poring over them, and has shared them with the American people.
Whitehouse gave two examples from the documents he read:
An Executive order cannot limit a President. There is no constitutional requirement for a President to issue a new Executive order whenever he wishes to depart from the terms of a previous Executive order. Rather than violate an Executive order, the President has instead modified or waived it.
The President, exercising his constitutional authority under article II, can determine whether an action is a lawful exercise of the President’s authority under article II.
So, let me see if I understand this: the Office of Legal Counsel’s classified opinion is that the president can decide whether his own interpretation of the law is lawful. Hell, if I wrote this, I’d want it classified too. This is embarrassing to all involved.
I can only hardly wait to see what the legal scholars at the Office of Legal Counsel will have to say about the legality of George Bush’s signing statements? But then again, what can we expect from graduates of Pat Robertson’s unaccredited Christian law school? Apparently, not all that much.
One thing is for certain, we are sure to see more of this sort of shenanigans between now and when Barack Obama takes over as President in late January 2009.