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Zen Legal Theorists

I'm very worried about this New Age "Zen Legal Theory" that seems to be gaining prominence. Does Deepak Chopra have a new book out on this or something? The "move forward" attitude to prosecutions is the new "it" trend in legal thinking. Better get on board. Fox New Sunday:
WALLACE: How do you feel about that, the idea of the possibility of investigations and even criminal prosecution of people who were doing what they were told to do during the Bush years?
What's the point of laws anyway? They were just doing what they were told. Were they told to do something illegal? Chill out, man. Relax with a scented candle. McCain's response:
MCCAIN: I think it's time to move forward. I believe that waterboarding is in violation of the Geneva Conventions, and I've said it for years. But it's time to move forward.
He's said it for years. Again, I ask this formula to be applied to other crimes committed by the unimportant commoners who don't hold power over the nation. "Why yes, assault is a violation of the law, and I've said it for years! Decades I've said this! But let's be reasonable here."

The Nuremberg Principles, a shrill screed written by liberal bloggers and outraged cartoonists, has very radical ideas about lawbreaking that play into their partisan witch hunt agenda:

Principle I: Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment.

Principle III: The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.

Principle IV: The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.

Seems simple enough. But leave it to New Age quacks to find a way to dance around plain facts with mumbo jumbo. Pretty soon they'll be incorporating quantum physics and astral projection into the mix.

01.26.2009 |



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