"Is the Libyan war legal? Was Bin Laden's killing legal? Is it legal for the president of the United States to target an American citizen for assassination? Were those 'enhanced interrogation techniques' legal? These are all questions raised in recent weeks. Each seems to call out for debate, for answers. Or does it?"
Tom Engelhart makes a good case that we are currently living in a country where questions of legality are no longer relevant to the power elite in his article "Dumb Question of the Twenty-first Century: Is It Legal?" link to www.tomdispatch.com
I recently came across the best explanation I've seen about how law gets corrupted:
"Politics is the art of telling people what they want to hear and then doing what's expedient, according to the dictates of power and money. It's basically the art of the deal. Deals are accomplished through compromise. It's quid pro quo. It's been said that 'the devil is in the details' and that is what deals contain, details. Details require lawyers. The job of a lawyer is to find the loopholes and exceptions to the law, so that the law can be bent to accommodate the needs of the deal. Eventually, the law no longer operates according to its tenets and the only place it applies is to the living conditions of those too poor to afford lawyers, at the whim of those who can." -- Source: Les Visible at http://lesvisible.blogspot.com/2011/05/base-of-mountain-and-wheel-of-fire.html
We all know we have a two-tiered system of law here in the United States: one for people with money and one for people that don't. But now there seems to be a third category: the "Shadow Government" that's really running the show. The law, it seems, doesn't apply to them at all. If the Geneva Conventions say what they're doing is wrong, why, they can just change the wording ("prisoner of war" --> "enemy combatant"; "torture" --> "enhanced interrogation") and everything is all hunky-dory again.
But they've forgotten something. Something we the people better not forget because it protects us all:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, ***deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed***, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." -- the Declaration of Independence