Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Plagarism and Torture Tuesday

My brain is too full to be completely original today. Here are two stories that echo Capt. Fogg why the great experiment of democracy in America is ending. An iron curtain is descending here with Republicans saluting and cheering and Democrats pleading with the people to save their country before it's too late. It might be too late already. Only history, if that's allowed in the future to be written without government approval, will tell.

From Andrew Sullivan blog (a multiple daily must read):

"Those of us trying to resist the Bush administration's seizure of permanent emergency powers have so far failed to alert the American public of the immense danger to their basic liberties that this administration represents. Maybe this story in the Washington Post today will help wake America up."

"How do I put this in words as clearly as possible. If the U.S. government decides, for reasons of its own, that you are an "illegal enemy combatant," i.e. that you are someone who "has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States,"

"They can detain you without charges indefinitely, granting you no legal recourse except to a military tribunal, and, under the proposed bill, "disappear" and torture you. This is not just restricted to aliens or foreigners, but applies to U.S. citizens as well. It can happen anywhere in the U.S. at any time. We are all at potential risk."

"Whatever else this is, it is not a constitutional democracy. It is a thinly-veiled military dictatorship, subject to only one control: the will of the Great Decider. And the war that justifies this astonishing attack on American liberty is permanent, without end. And check the vagueness of the language: "purposefully supported" hostilities. Could that mean mere expression of support for terror? Remember that many completely innocent people have already been incarcerated for years without trial or any chance for a fair hearing on the basis of false rumors or smears or even bounty hunters. Or could it be construed, in the rhetoric of Hannity and O'Reilly, as merely criticizing the Great Decider and thereby being on the side of the terrorists?"

"All I know is that al Qaeda is winning battles every week now. And they are winning them because their aim of gutting Western liberty is shared by the president of the United States. The fact that we are finding this latest, chilling stuff out now - while this horrifying bill is being rushed into law to help rescue some midterms - is beyond belief. It must be stopped, filibustered, prevented. And anyone who cares about basic constitutional freedom - conservatives above all - should be in the forefront of stopping it."

Knowing that read this:

"Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is threatening to punish Democrats for using an Appropriations Committee room for an unofficial hearing on Iraq oversight if it happens again. "They better stop this," the Mississippi Republican said. "This will be the last one or there will be retribution." Lott suggested that Republicans could hold GOP-only hearings or seek other forms of payback." Could the payback be waterboarding at Gitmo? I'm prepared for the sleep deprivation and cold cells as I have an eight-week old baby and a furnace that doesn't always work. Stress positions? I'm married with two kids, a mortgage and college to pay for. Piece of cake. I'll let you know if I see anyone I know at Gitmo other than Capt. Fogg .


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Be there or be square.

4:50 PM  

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