John Cusack on Due Process
April 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Yes, John Cusack. He was on the Howard Stern Show last week (on Wednesday 4/18) and besides talking about his film career and dodging questions about women he’s dated, he and Howard wound up talking about politics. On all the subjects, Cusack came across as a down-to-earth and sensible kind of fellow.
Here is Cusack on the question of due process.
CUSACK: There’s some stuff, like basic stuff, that really freaks me out, because I grew up with this Constitutional law professor named Jonathan Turley. And he’s like on MSNBC and some of this stuff, and he was telling me that Obama and Holder have expanded the Bush executive power stuff in really kind of scary ways, so they’ve basically said due process is done. They can take you if you don’t look the right way or if you have the wrong name. They can say, you know, “we think you are a terrorist.” So they can throw you in prison. Now, the Constitution is based on the idea that just because the government says there’s extraordinary circumstances and we think you’re a bad guy, you can’t be thrown in prison unless you have a trial. That’s not Democrat or Republican. That’s foundation of democracy sh#t.
Note that, unlike Rick Santorum, Cusack cites his sources, which in this case means Jonathan Turley. My own favorite source for these sorts of constitutional outrages is Glenn Greenwald, over at Salon. Greenwald is obviously a bit more of an expert on these matters than Cusack, but I’m fine with celebrities (and everyone else) talking about this in an intelligent manner, particularly given how little coverage this gets from the supposed news professionals.
Cusack supports Obama over Romney, but I like it that he’s critical, as it hurts the progressive cause if we never push Obama from the left. Cusack should reenact the most famous scene from any of his movies and stand on the White House lawn with a boom box, blasting the Rachel Maddow Show.