FUTURE AMERICAN LAWYERS TAKE A STAND FOR FREEDOM
Many patriotic Americans have rightly worried about the nation�s future in the hands of today�s younger generation. Proven time and again is their lack of understanding for American ideals and principles of limited government, thanks to a woefully inadequate education from government schools.
However, such fears received at least a small reprieve on January 24, 2006, when a group of law students at Georgetown University Law School staged a dramatic protest during a speech by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Gonzales was on the campus to defend the Bush Administration�s use of domestic spying. As the Attorney General began his remarks, more that twenty law students stood and turned their backs on him as others unfurled a sign which read, �Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither,� a paraphrase of a famous quote from Benjamin Franklin.
Prior to becoming Attorney General, Gonzales helped write the infamous Patriot Act (which has no definition of a terrorist) and has been an outspoken supporter of increased surveillance on American citizens, all in the name of fighting terrorism. Gonzales has called the Geneva Convention, which has historically held nation�s accountable for prisoner of war treatment, �quaint,�
The Attorney General has argued that the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) does not apply in the Bush Administration�s domestic spying. FISA clearly requires executive branch agencies to get approval for domestic surveillance requests from a special court, whose proceedings are secret and protect national security.
So, the law students at Georgetown decided to let the Attorney General know they weren�t supporters of Gonzales� brand of law, and staged their protest. Afterwards, a panel of experts was held to discuss what Gonzales had said. Members of the panel tore away at Gonzales� argument while supporting the student�s actions.
Said Georgetown law professor and panel member David Cole, �When you�re a law student, they tell you that if you can�t argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can�t argue the facts, argue the law. If you can�t argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue (and) to say over and over again �it�s lawful,� and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough.� Concluded Cole, �In light of this, I�m proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today.�
No American should blindly accept reduction of their liberty simply because a government official says so. The choice is a nation of laws or a nation of whims. No liberty is possible with the latter, no matter how important the cause.
Georgetown University, at least on this day, there were students who
understood the difference � and that bodes well for the future of
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No American should blindly accept reduction of their liberty simply because a government official says so.