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Friday, July 27, 2007

Why don't Goldsmith's have spines ?

Who is the eminent legal authority named Goldsmith ?
a) Jack Goldsmith the assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel who concluded that the NSA warrentless wiretapping program was illegal but quietly reached agreement with Bush to allow it to continue.
b) Peter Goldsmith, baron Goldsmith who concluded that the invasion of Iraq was illegal because it was not authorized by UN security council resolution 1441 but quietly reached agreement with Tony Blair on a way to fudge the issue.

How lovely that two great nations have been served by two men at the same time with the same last name, almost exactly the same role, the same intelligence, the same understanding of the law, the same crumb of integrity, and the same total lack of spine.

Also you. have. got. to. be. kidding. me.

Our Goldsmith co-edited "On "Nineteen Eighty-Four": Orwell and Our Future"
He certainly was well prepared for his future job dealing with the NSA program wasn't he ?

I don't want to be alarmist, but the next book he wrote is entitled "Who Controls the Internet? ..." so, I assume, that having worked for B.B. Bush in Oceania he will go on to control the internet.

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