...as Glenn Greenwald is at methodically outlining a conservative’s rank hypocricy. I mean, I’m pretty darn good at Random 10’s and all, but I just don’t compare.
John Yoo, 1998:
Presidents Ford, Carter and Bush formally raised the privilege only once each, and President Reagan three times in two full terms. In less than 1 1/2 terms, Mr. Clinton has claimed executive privilege at least six times, four times before Congress and twice in court. Like the boy crying wolf, Mr. Clinton's regular use of the privilege threatens to dilute its effectiveness for future presidents on matters of true national importance . . . .John Yoo, 2007:
Presidents, Congresses, and the courts have long accepted a president's right to keep internal executive discussions confidential.John Yoo, 1998:
Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Polk, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Truman, Eisenhower (whose administration invented the phrase "executive privilege") Kennedy and Reagan, among others, have kept executive deliberations secret from congressional inquiries, usually over matters of diplomacy, national security and law enforcement.
In democracies, we distinguish between a public office and the person who holds that office; people for whom the office and the person are one and the same are called kings.John Yoo, 2007:
Without secrecy, the government can't function.