Thursday, March 23, 2006
That Good Gentleman Gonzalez
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez gave a talk at Georgetown University on Wednesday. He got it into his head to address the legal architecture of the administration’s eavesdropping policy. You can see from the pictures that some of the students didn’t agree with him. Crazy kids!
You know, some people get upset about this stuff.
According to the scribe’s sources, there was a panel about the issue once That Good Gentleman Gonzalez left the building. Here’s what one professor from Georgetown Law, David Cole, had to say:
“When you’re a law student, they tell you that if you can’t argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can’t argue the facts, argue the law. If you can’t argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue...to say over and over again ‘it’s lawful’ , and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say enough.”
Of course, there are the American people, and then there are the American people, and a few subsets after that.
“In light of this,” Cole said, “I’m very proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today.”
Hats off to dissent.