Scorning the Law

Scorning the Law. Anthony Lewis: A President Beyond the Law. The question tears at all of us, regardless of party or ideology: How could American men and women treat Iraqi prisoners with such cruelty — and laugh at their humiliation? We are told that there was a failure of military leadership. Officers in the field were lax. Pentagon officials didn't care. So the worst in human nature was allowed to flourish. … But something much more profound underlies this terrible episode. It is a culture of low regard for the law, of respecting the law only when it is convenient. … Again and again, over these last years, President Bush has made clear his view that law must bend to what he regards as necessity. National security as he defines it trumps our commitments to international law. The Constitution must yield to novel infringements on American freedom. [Meerkat: An Open Wire Service]

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