Sunday, July 24, 2005

Above the law

In a functioning democracy, loyalty to the rule of law must take precedence over anything else. But in the current administration, loyalty to the President seems to be the ultimate order of the day. So if a judge orders the administration to turn over documents that might make them look bad, they will simply ignore the order.

From yesterday's New York Times:

Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal udge's order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.

The lawyers said in a letter sent to the federal court in Manhattan late Thursday that they would file a sealed brief explaining their reasons for not turning over the material, which they were to have released by yesterday.

The photographs were some of thousands turned over by Specialist Joseph M. Darby, the whistle-blower who exposed the abuse at Abu Ghraib by giving investigators computer disks containing photographs and videos of prisoners being abused, sexually humiliated and threatened with growling dogs.


In the letter sent Thursday, Sean Lane, an assistant United States attorney, said that the government was withholding the photographs because they "could result in harm to individuals," and that it would outline the reasons in a sealed brief to the court.

And yes, I guess this means I've returned to the blogosphere, or as my brother would call it, the bjournalsphere.


At 2:19 PM, Blogger Greg Pultorak said...

I want to be a federal udge!


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