In a moment of recurring weakness, I find myself thinking along those lines myself!
But no, without the rule of law and in particular the independence of the judiciary from especially the executive branch of gov't, democracy can kiss its keester good-bye. This of course also applies to the lawmaking branch, but the executive branch is even more amenable to influence from special interests [read: corruption].
Was I over board on my reference to the NRA yesterday in connection with the Tom Wales murder investigation? He was whacked a month after "Terrible Tuesday" aka "9-11". If it had been any other time, this hit on a prosecutor would have been nat'l news. Today, Digby at Hullabaloo reminded of something that had puzzled me back then:
The Justice Department has refused to let the FBI check its records to determine whether any of the 1,200 people detained after the Sept. 11 attacks had bought guns, FBI and Justice Department officials say.
The department made the decision in October after the FBI asked to examine the records it maintains on background checks to see if any detainees had purchased guns in the United States.
Follow the link and read the rest of Digby's article.
Finally, the meme is always about "eight attorneys". If you have been living in the real world, you know there have to be more. [Josh Marshall is on the case.] Furthermore, there have to be attorneys who resigned so as to avoid being fired and many many more who changed their tune in order to keep their jobs and careers intact. It's part of the American Way and has to do with the kind of job security most Americans have.