March 19, 2006

Feingold -- really reaching

Seemingly forgetting that President Bush is hardly the only chief executive to claim "inherent presidential powers," Senate maverick Russ Feingold went so far as to state that

so the last resort is to somehow say that the President has inherent authority to, to ignore the law of the United States of America and that has, that has a consequence that the President could even order the assassination of American citizens if that’s the law ...

Assassinate American citizens??? Is there no limit to the nuttiness of the Far Left? Can you imagine if, say, Rick Santorum had taken to the Senate floor and stated that the Clinton administration's advocacy of the very same "inherent power" could lead to assassinating American citizens? Do you think the Left would be screaming bloody murder? Would we see Carville, Begala, Franken, Olbermann, et. al. on the air 24/7 exclaiming how crazy the Right had become?

Damn right.

(h/t: Donkey Stomp.)

UPDATE at 9:00pm by Hube: Hey, I saw "V for Vendetta" today (from where the parody above comes). Apparently the film's premise has changed since its original graphic novel writing in th early 80s. And why didn't creator Alan Moore get credit in the, er, credits? He's weird like that, so who knows.

At any rate, while reading some reviews of the original work on Amazon, one editorial review called Moore "paranoid." That about gets it right when it comes to this screenplay (and may explain perhaps why Moore didn't want credit?). The story is essentially a 1984-esque scenario where numerous terrorist "bio attacks" have resulted in a neo-fascist regime taking power in the UK. A mystery dude in a Guy Fawkes mask (from the Gunpowder Plot) begins knocking off government bigwigs, and eventually we discover that it was the British government itself that was responsible for the killer viruses (bio attacks). The conspiracy was to use to terrorism as an "excuse" for the fascists to take power.

The film reveals itself to be the radical anti-warist's dream come true about half-way through. We learn that virtually all "undesirables" -- in particular homosexuals -- are "disappeared" (or "black hooded" as they call it) and never heard from again. One of Evey's (Natalie Portman's character) friends is gay, and he reveals a secret room where he has many "illegal" possessions, one of which is a Koran. (In this scene, we see a flag that is amalgam of the US, British and some other flags, with a huge swatstika emblazoned in the center.) Numerous references are made to the "US's wars" which led to much of the world chaos; indeed, the US is in a state of civil war at the present time of the film. When Evey's friend is eventually "black hooded," he would have been spared execution except for ... that Koran in his possession!

Yeesh. Yeah, that is what we have to worry about. When this sort of crap is happening right now.

Posted by Rhodey at March 19, 2006 08:09 AM | TrackBack

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The funny thing is that among the sources for the "inherent presidential power" to engage in warrantless surveilance for foreign intellignece purposes is a court case decided pursuant to Jimmy Carter's warrantles spying (Truong case) and one decided under FISA by the Foreign Intelligence Court of Review (In re: Sealed Case). While the Supreme Court has never issued a ruling, it has allowed to stand at least a half-dozen such rulings by Federal Courts of Appeals. As such, one could argue that we are dealing with "settled law" (wasn't that the liberal mantra during the recent SCOTUS confirmations?).

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at March 19, 2006 11:47 AM

Alan Moore doesn't want his name on any projects connected to his work that he doesn't own. (Source)

Posted by: Paul Smith at March 20, 2006 02:02 PM

and eventually we discover that it was the British government itself that was responsible for the killer viruses (bio attacks). The conspiracy was to use to terrorism as an "excuse" for the fascists to take power.

I'm sure glad that could never happen here.

Posted by: jason at March 21, 2006 10:56 AM

Actually, it was a bit more than that for Moore. He took the filmmakers to task for their overt anti-American Right film:

Incidentally, after reading the script, creator of the V comic book, Alan Moore, insisted Warner Bros. remove his name from the project. He told MTV, "[My comic] has been turned into a Bush-era parable by people too timid to set a political satire in their own country… [The film] is a thwarted and frustrated and largely impotent American liberal fantasy of someone with American liberal values standing up against a state run by neo-conservatives — which is not what "V for Vendetta" [the comic] was about."
From here.

Posted by: Delathought at March 21, 2006 04:40 PM

DT: Interesting stuff. Thanks for that. I caught some of that quote last evening courtesy of Scarborough (although I think Joe went a bit too far in his criticism of the movie), and kudos to Moore for that stand.

Ever read his Watchmen work? In a word: WOW.

Posted by: Hube at March 21, 2006 07:26 PM

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