Monday, October 02, 2006

Writing for TAPPED, Robert Farley has an excellent point about the expansion of executive priviledge in the torture bill. But he works hard to come up with a hypothetical involving a President Hillary Clinton. There's no need, really. Imagine the actual President Clinton with these powers immediately after the Oklahoma City bombing. How would conservatives feel about him having the right to lock up and torture, with no judicial oversight, McVeigh, Nichols, anyone that ever sold them a gun, the people that sold them the fertilizer, the right wing cult members that egged them on, the folks who taught them how to make home made bombs, etc., etc., etc. It doesn't take much to imagine the shitstorm that would have followed.

Personally, I don't think Clinton would have used that power even if he had it. He had his faults, but that particular sin didn't seem to be his drug of choice. But there's no telling, which is one of the reasons I oppose the idea of giving this kind of power to any president.

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