OK, it’s official.
After the release of those memoranda that suspended the Bill of Rights, Scott Horton has declared Bush’s presidency a ‘dictatorship.’
How many bloggers have been declaring this obvious —you know— FACT for about 7 to 8 years, now?
The current concern is this: no president willingly gives up power. We now have a precedent—a president who had the power to do what the memos said he could do. So, even after the CYA memos that rescinded the original ones and went out days before the end of the Bush presidency, another president could, conceivably, do it again.
And THIS is why we must have hearings and/or trials: to hold all those people —the ones who crafted the memos, knew of the existence of the memos and, to some extent at least, acted upon them— accountable.