Just when the nightmare of John Ashcroft has receded in many minds, he’s back to remind us how we became an international pariah for our abandonment of fundamental legal principles and why the Supreme Court and other courts have ruled repeatedly against the Bush Administration. In the video below, Ashcroft scoffs at the suggestion that detainees deserve a fair trial, revealing his evident contempt for the rule of law.
What I most love about this interview is how Ashcroft views the choice as executing them in the battlefield or letting them go. He also corrects himself in referring to the detainees as POWs but then compared them to all of the German soldiers captured in World War II.
Ashcroft’s contempt for the law is manifest throughout this dismissive interview. It is easy to see how he, John Yoo, Viet Dinh and other found a home in the Bush Administration.
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