The Constitution as Nicety

The Constitution as Nicety

Abby Zimet

Into the verbiage at yesterday's torture hearings, GOP Sen. Lindsey
Graham dropped one small surreal nugget: the Bush administration, he
placidly explained, didn't quite commit crimes; "they saw the law as a
nicety we could not afford." But oh, what can be done by scrubbing niceties in the name of
defending us from bad guys.

"There are leaders throughout the world who would say that
genocide helps security, that cancelling elections helps security, that
fascism helps security," says Ari Melber of the Nation. "We have bound by the rule of law."

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