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  1. robertsgt40 at |

    So much for “no man is above the law”. Obama can’t/won’t do anything because he answers to the same criminals Bushco did.

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  2. pabelmont at |

    As the Ninth Circuit opinion mentions, Ashcroft’s legal fees have been paid 100% by kindly USA and if personal liability were to attach to him, the USA would again step up to rescue him.

    This much is independent of Obama’s helping him. It is just the way the government works. Too bad. But, of course, that much said, Obama has been a dreadful disappointment for progressives/liberals.

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  3. DyingTruth at |

    First of all the office of attorney general has no constitutional authority, is not mentioned in the Constitution, is not afforded immunity which only the president himself has while in office and the privileges and immunites are entitlements to all citizens not government employees. Second any government employee can be fully liable for violating a person’s rights the way that Ashcroft has under the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the 8th Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

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  4. Thomas Swenson at |

    Prof. Davidson,

    To your question: What we (who view this website) want for America is the opposite of what the American body politic (the majority of Americans) wants for America. US society is morally and intellectually bankrupt. The policies and actions of the governments (incl. all three branches) it elects in open, free democratic elections are a valid reflection of the US’s genuine beliefs and values (not what the country professes out loud or in its constitution). Yes, the US is lawless for the top tier of officials (even lower tiers of officials). That’s what the majority wants and has wanted for hundreds of years (as you describe). For example, the US Congress has the power to discipline and control every President (including FBI and military) with the power of the purse. The electorate makes the same choice every election day. There is really little hope of changing the culture. The only plausible room for improvement is nearly complete economic collapse of the US so that the US would no longer be able to export and impose its immoral values on the rest of the world. Domestically, however, there is no prospect for improvement. For example, the few good people of prominence (e.g., Ralph Nader) who raise a voice against corrupt practices are ignored or dismissed.

    In any case, you write very good, accurate, poignant pieces. I hope they are required reading for your students.

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  5. Fakhrul Ferdous at |

    What is going on in Ashcroft’s case,if the American Justice Department act like this,and,it continues,I am more than sure that,the total judiciary will break down.

    Judiciary should be free from all sort of political misuse.

    Thanks to Dr. Lawrence Davidson.

    May ALLAH bless America and Americans,the Palestinians and all human beings on earth.

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  6. pete at |

    What should be & what is are totally different. We the U.S. have corrupted our constitution beyond repair. Nothing is going to change. As far as John Ashcroft is concerned. I fuck his mother. I think he backs up on old doorknobs

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