Thursday, January 26, 2006

Protesting the imperial presidency

US Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales gave a speech to the law school at Georgetown University yesterday in which he attempted to defend the Bush Administration's illegal domestic wiretapping program. The audience didn't buy it. Partway through the speech, the front five rows of students rose and turned their backs on him in silent protest, while others hoisted a banner bearing Benjamin Franklin's famous (mis)quote,

Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

It's good to see that America's future lawyers understand what the Bush Administration doesn't: that the US is not an absolute monarchy, and lawmaking power is in the hands of the legislature, not the President.

Photos here and here.