It’s one of the first lessons any of us learned about the United States of America: We’re not like other countries. Here, everybody’s equal. And here, everybody has to obey to the same rules.
In America, boys and girls, no man – or woman! – is above the law.
Well, maybe that’s the way it used to be. But that’s not the way it is now.
Yes, Richard Nixon broke the law – and was forced to resign.
But George W. Bush broke the law: Ordered the mass tapping of American citizens’ phones without getting court permission. And nothing happened.
George Bush broke the law at least one other time: Ordered the water-boarding of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an illegal form of torture. And nothing happened.
And now the Justice Department says it will file no charges against CIA officials who destroyed 92 videotapes of CIA agents water-boarding other terrorist suspects. They admit they destroyed government evidence because they thought it would make the CIA look bad. And nothing happened.
Looks like we’ll have to rewrite the civics books.
In America, no man or woman is above the law – unless you work in the White House or the CIA.
That’s my parting shot for today.