(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Friday, January 07, 2005

What beautiful timing.

Just three days ago, the GAO issued this letter (pdf) finding that the Administration had violated the law against using federal appropriations for "propaganda." It's a very interesting letter, really, and it cites earlier sources such as this GAO letter that had explained what sorts of things are prohibited. As you can see from those letters, one of the prohibited sorts of "propaganda" is paying people to state opinions as their own (rather than admitting that they are being paid by the government to make the statements). This particular prohibition has been clear since at least the mid-80s, as you can see from these letters (for instance, page 7 of the pdf file in the first link above).

And today we learn about this.

posted by sam 1:56 PM 4 comments


Great to see you back, Sam.

By Blogger Mike, at 3:29 PM  

Hi Sam. Hi Mike. Where's the tip jar?

By Blogger Chris, at 3:49 PM  

Speaking of synergy, I wonder what our new Attorney General would have to say about the Bush Administration's Education Department not obeying the law?

Can the President 'immunize' anybody from the consequences of breaking federal law? Or just people who torture foreigners?

By Blogger Jon Koppenhoefer, at 2:49 AM  

But I thought Bush was above the law. Isn't that what his legal counsel, Alberto Gonzales, stated in his infamous memos? Bush, the most powerful man on earth in the most powerful nation on earth, is above the law. He doesn't have to answer to anyone. Not congress. Not the courts. Not any pesky reporters asking impertinent questions. Bush is above the law. No congressional law ever passed by any previous congress and signed into law by any previous president. Especially no international treaties ever entered into between any previous U.S. government and the rest of the world. The Geneva Conventions are so passe and quaint. Bush is above the law. Why? Because Bush is a law unto himself. And Bush only answers to God...or at least the voices Bush hears in his mind. Bush doesn't answer to piddly little human laws. Bush is the law. God (or the voices) have told him so. And Bush has had this attitude (and heard these voices) all of his sorry life. What a pathetic excuse for a human being. what a pathetic excuse for a U.S. president.

By Blogger LiberalPride, at 3:21 AM  

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