Addington, writes The New Yorker's Jane Mayer, "has played a central role in shaping the Administration's legal strategy for the war on terror." And the article includes the following quotes about Addington and/or the legal strategy he helped develop for the White House to assert unprecedented legal authority:
1) "It's Addington. He doesn't care about the Constitution."These are pretty damning statements, but what makes them especially damning is that all four of these quotes are attributed to Republicans and/or conservatives — (in order) Colin Powell, Bruce Fein, Richard A. Epstein and Fein again.
2) "[Bush has] said that there are no restraints on his ability, as he sees it, to collect intelligence, to open mail, to commit torture, and to use electronic surveillance. If you used the President's reasoning, you could shut down Congress for leaking too much. ... he could kill someone in Lafayette Park if he wants! It's got the sense of Louis XIV: 'I am the State.'"
3) "The Administration's lawyers are nuts on this issue."
4) "There is no [legal adviser for this Admin.] of legal stature, certainly no one like Bork, or Scalia, or Elliot Richardson, or Archibald Cox. It's frightening. No one knows the Constitution — certainly not Cheney.”