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09 March 2015 @ 04:52 pm
What the Republicans are violating this time  
The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994.
 
 
 
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on March 9th, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
…and has never really been enforced.
El Coyote Gordo: chainsawsupergee on March 9th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
And I don't expect it to be this time. Congressional immunity if nothing else.
Maia Cmaiac on March 10th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
I recall that in 2000, when President Clinton was trying to facilitate negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, neocon Richard Perle went to Israel to tell the PM to "be prepared to walk out" of the negotiations. I first read about it in the Washington Post. Of course the Post didn't mention that Perle was an adviser to George W. Bush's presidential campaign, but The Guardian did.

The Logan Act wasn't enforced that time, either. The Bush regime set (or reinforced) so many precedents of letting Republicans get away with breaking the law.
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on March 10th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC)
And back in 1968, Nixon sabotaged a cease-fire that then-President Johnson was trying to arrange between North and South Vietnam.
Maia Cmaiac on March 10th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
And in 1980, Reagan ensured that the Iranians would hang on to their American hostages through the election, to President Carter's detriment.

But those instances of sabotage were secret at the time. Nowadays, the Thugs aren't even bothering to hide their dirty dealings.

et in Arcadia egoboo: Chicago (from Adler)apostle_of_eris on March 10th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
I really wish the States had a paper as good as the Guardian. Then I wouldn't need to find out about home-town scandals from a source across the ocean.
Mat Bowlesmatgb on March 12th, 2015 11:45 am (UTC)
It's weird, the UK print edition has been going downhill for years, but the internationalised online edition (they have multiple US offices now) is getting better and better. Currently the only UK print newspapers worth looking at is the FT, and that's three times the price of anything else in print or the i, which is the cheapest paid for paper. Print media's dying.

(but yeah, that Chicago story is horrifying)