John Yoo’s Legal Groundwork for Subverting the Republic by Naomi Wolf

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by Naomi Wolf
The Nation

If history gets this recent era right, future textbooks will have to show that the US narrowly averted a carefully planned but thorough and unmistakable conspiracy to subvert the rule of law and the process of democracy from 2001-2008. For three years, since writing End of America, I have been arguing that the Bush team sought irretrievably to subvert our liberty. Fortunately, this appalling and conceivably irrevocable subversion of the tenets of freedom was narrowly averted by citizens at every level — from the grassroots to the courts — resisting in time. But the release this week by the Justice Department of the “secret memos” sought valiantly by the ACLU confirms that Bush’s legal architects were building up the framework for something even scarier than our most anguished projections.

You can see the documents themselves online — but, as usual, there is a gap between the cautious journalistic interpretation of the event and the dense legalese in which they are written, and no one yet has really explained to citizens who are not attorneys what these memos claimed to give Bush the right to do. This is my initial reading of these documents:


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US Justice Department memos: the specter of military dictatorship
4 March 2009

A set of nine secret memos released by the US Justice Department Monday reveal that in the weeks and months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks the US government began erecting the legal scaffolding for a full-blown military dictatorship.

Attorney General Eric Holder declared that the release of the documents, which were posted on the Justice Department’s web site, signaled a new era of “transparency and openness.” The actions of the Obama administration in recent weeks, however, including the invocation of national security and state secrets to quell lawsuits challenging the worst abuses of the Bush era, make it clear that the threat revealed in these memos is far from over.


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6 thoughts on “John Yoo’s Legal Groundwork for Subverting the Republic by Naomi Wolf

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  3. I still think the amerigun populace are basically fascists, and long for a police state. They don’t like dissent, they love war, they flock to the military regardless of what imperialist atrocity they comit, they espouse the corporatization of government, the worshipping of the wealthy, nationalistic, militaristic arrogance on steroids. Racist, cultist, fanatics to their cores.

    Americans are not a culture worth saving (but America the beautiful is! But how can you teach a brain-dead society that believes god created ancient trees for toilet paper, and spotted owls for soup?). Remember half of them still watch Hannity and O’Reilly, and hideous lot of ‘em love Limbaugh. These are the people Naomi is trying so hard to alert? I say let ‘em roast in their own self-created dust-bowl—they can always pray for rain (or shoot something).

    Why is Naomi so worried about giving the people what they not-so-secretly want?

    If this is supposed to be a democracy, then the amerigoon populace gets to democratically decide they’d rather be followers & fascists (or let it get that way by default).
    Remember, never forget, that Impalin almost won the election for McBomb, were it not for the collapse which happened a month too soon.

    This was all disaster capitalism, the people loved it, and they love the cult of fatcats that got us here.

    We’ve already seen how people vote against their best interest, and how there really is no alternative to Limbaugh-loving gun-mongering church-going gamblers this country epitomizes, why expect anything else?

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