John Yoo: Subordinate the First Amendment to War
by WashStateBlue, Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 01:46:35 PM EST
Eliminate the First Amendment? John Yoo suggested just that, in previously secret documents Justice has released about the
Bush White House and their legal teams plan after 9/11.
It outlines a chilling rationale by a group that was willing to step much further then we have been lead to believe.
The 4th and the 1st amendments were clearly in John Yoo's Line of Sight:
The legal memos written by the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel show a government grappling with how to wage war on terrorism in a fast-changing world. The conclusion, reiterated in page after page of documents, was that the president had broad authority to set aside constitutional rights.
Fourth Amendment protections against unwarranted search and seizure, for instance, did not apply in the United States as long as the president was combatting terrorism, the Justice Department said in an Oct. 23, 2001, memo.
"First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully," Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote, adding later:
"The current campaign against terrorism may require even broader exercises of federal power domestically."
It has also been revealed they destroyed many more interrogation tapes then originally thought.
I also believe they shredded many more documents, as chilling as these documents are, I speculate there were plans for Internment of Muslims, for disinformation campaigns against anti-war groups, the kind of things not see since Nixon's hay-day. After all, Cheney always believed Nixon was justified in those actions.
How much further did their speculation go? We already know Yoo had a legal defense for suspending Posse Comitatus, one would have to believe Cheney et all were considering nothing less then a state of Martial Law.
Yes, the party that has called itself the Defenders of the Constitution have now been shown even more to be the party that believes individual leaders are more important then the rule of law and the concepts enshrined by the Founding Fathers.
Had there been another attack on the US, I believe they would have declared Martial Law and suspended in it's entirety the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.