Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

02/03/2009 (7:25 am)

An Indicator

News reports last week confirmed that then-President-elect Barack Obama sent foreign policy advisors to Iran and Syria before the inauguration. In fact, Al Arabiya News confirms that he began discussions with them before he was elected President.

This constitutes a felony violation of the Logan Act, which reads:

§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004).

I bring it up because in discussions with leftists over the past few months regarding their intent to prosecute President Bush and Vice President Cheney for their interrogation policy, they answered a number of my objections by rhetorically resorting to the vital importance of the rule of law. The implication was that even if the President was morally justified in behaving as he did — even if their interrogation policies resulted in information that saved American lives, and even if his policies were carried out with appropriate restraint and oversight — we must prosecute because law, in and of itself, is just that important.

So, this is for them, and I hope they’re reading. If the rule of law, in and of itself, is sufficient basis for pursuing a prosecution, they will — reluctantly, of course — call for an investigation and eventual prosecution of Barack Obama for violations of the Logan Act. It will be an indicator of whether they genuinely believe that the rule of law is truly so vital, or whether their invocation of it was just another instance of “principled” liberals discovering their principles only so long as it gives them rhetorical advantage.

I’ve got my bets placed already. Pardon me while I spit.

H/T to Ace of Spades HQ.

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