Nixon is Still Dead and Living In the White House

As has been done here in the past, the US Constitution will get quoted on this blog from time to time to make a salient point. Today’s lesson is in Amendment 8 of the Bill of Rights of that magnificent document, which states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”.

The effect of the Constitution of the United States is often confusing to many, but one thing is crystal clear: it applies at an absolute minimum to every citizen of the USA. In other words, regardless of any other argument, if you are a US citizen, you fall under the authority of the US Constitution at all times except during those times when you are not alive.

Since the Amendment 8 of the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution prohibits the inflicting of cruel and unusual punishment, it logically and inescapably follows that harsh interrogation methods such as water-boarding (simulated drowning while held involuntarily immobilized, and which is considered by all civilized organizations as a form of torture) are unconstitutional. Of course, we haven’t even touched upon the other violations of things like international treaties, such as Geneva Conventions, or US federal and state laws. For now, let’s just stick with that great document, the US Constitution.

You know where this is heading don’t you, blog lovers?

Another section of the US Constitution deals with impeachment. Specifically, a public government official can be removed from office for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. You can learn more about this here.

On December 6, 2007 the New York Times reported that the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which is an agency of the federal government directly under the executive branch of the US government (namely the Bush White House) had in 2005, destroyed at least two videotapes documenting interrogations in 2002 of two Al Qaeda members using extremely harsh and severe interrogation techniques, including water-boarding.

To make a very long story short, these videotapes have been requested by multiple sources, including the 9-11 commission and Congressional committees. The CIA had denied their very existence. This, of course is a violation of federal law.

Several officials questioned by the New York Times about the destruction of the tapes stated that “they were destroyed in part because officials were concerned that video showing harsh interrogation methods could expose agency officials to legal risks”.

Of course, when George W. Bush was interviewed about all of this, he said he had just learned about it like everyone else. Of course, Bush didn’t remind anyone that he has threatened to veto a bill outlawing water-boarding that is being voted out of Congressional conference committee today.

Does any of this remind anyone of Watergate in 1972? Nixon also said he learned about the Watergate burglary (planned by the Committee to Re-Elect the President, or CREP, his reelection campaign committee), by reading about it in the Washington Post. Everyone knows that the ultimate cover-up led to the White House staff, Nixon, impeachment articles, and Nixon’s resignation.

First we had Bush’s re-election, then Bush’s Vietnam, then Bush’s fall from grace, and now Bush’s apparent violation of the US Constitution (multiple articles/amendments). He looks more like Nixon every day. And Bush, as Nixon before him, swore to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution. Finally, like Nixon before him, is denying everything and claiming ignorance.

Is Bush really Nixon, returned from the ether to finish his presidency?

And if he is, could we even tell the difference?

So….Just to be safe, we should continue the 1974 impeachment, don’t you think?

9 thoughts on “Nixon is Still Dead and Living In the White House

  1. Insightful comments. Keep them up, Howie. We shouldn’t be keeping you to ourselves. You should be published in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

  2. If we were to make a side-by-side comparison of Bush and Nixon, Nixon wouldn’t look all that bad anymore. At the very least Nixon had enough sense to finally throw in the towel on Viet Nam and get out of that disaster. The “Obstructionist Guy”, on the other hand, now residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. looks to be intent on having done everything, and I mean everything, wrong during his two terms in office.

    I have to disagree with your final point, however. I do not want to see an impeachment and/or removal. That leaves room for a pardon. I believe that sometime, say mid to late January ’09, the trials should begin.

  3. Ok here is the wiggle room that the WH will use to try to stay constitutional – the subjects of the waterboarding (er.. alleged waterboarding) were NOT American citizens and therefore NOT covered by the constituion – this says nothing about the employees of said government who use this technique to extract highly valuable (sarcasim heavy here) information.
    How they can get to the logical arguement that it is OK to use this method on non-US citizens requires a leap of logic across a racial divide which I cannot fathom.

  4. Ya but them thanks to this there gays cant git married so I giss it ok fer them to do this here protectin’ freedom stuff!

  5. hmmmm… interesting. However those who are not American citizens are not granted protection by the Constitution. Did you not know that? … or did you actually choose not to mention it?

    So you want to impeach a sitting president because of 2 interrogations of known terrorists that took place over 5 years ago? Both that and the deflection on the fact that they are not protected by the constitution, look like typical guerrilla journalism … like union negotiation tactics … hmmmmm…. (how’d that work out for you Howie -surprised Reagan isn’t mentioned there with Nixon and Bush).

    The Geneva conventios violations?? … the fact that the US is actually torturing people anywhere? … sure there may be issues … but waterboarding itself has been around for a while and documented during the Viet Nam war … where were you and the others like you then? or was it OK then because we didn’t know about it in ‘real-time’?

    I am not happy with the way Bush is handling the war, but we *are* over there … so let the boys do what they need to do while they are there. It’s a backwards part of the world anyway … 3000 year head start on civilization and they still live in caves, wear rags, and throw stones….

    Oh yeah … nice comeback to Secret Sam …. and nice bike too! … makes your face look soft.

  6. hey… I just saw my previous comment was “awaiting moderation” … not exactly a bastion of free speech huh?

    So the Constitution – the freedom of speech – not a big supporter of that piece are you? Just the anti-Bush stuff?

    Nice

  7. Hey, Dingo, patience isn’t one of your virtues, is it?

    Oh, yeah, go back and re-read the article. I purposely avoided the argument about whether or not the Constitution applies to other than Americans. I stated that it ABSOLUTELY applies to American citizens.

    You counter to that is??????

    Is silence one of your virtuess as well? :)

  8. ummmmmmm. yeah … you said “it applies at an absolute minimum to every citizen of the USA” — leaving wiggle room for what? Why would you avoid the argument about whether or not the Constitution applies to other than Americans? It simply doesn’t.

    … and my silence….??

    I didn’t respond right away because I was away from my computer for a week. I was meeting my son on his return from his second deployment to the Persian Gulf, helping to keep this country free enough for sniveling ass-wipes like you to find a reason to defend terrorists.

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