Friday, September 29, 2006

Bush can imprison whomever he wants

I step out for a week to have a son and what is my government doing? This is insane. Bush can declare anyone an enemy combatant, imprison them without trial forever, and then gets to decide what is and is not torture? This makes me sick. I'm angry the Democrats did not filibuster this.

Of course, the blogosphere is in flames. Digby here, Sullivan here (and many other places. Say what you want about Sullivan, he's been on top of this issue for a long time), the superb Greenwald here. It's pretty clear that our hard-won freedoms mean nothing when there are political points to be scored. Sad, disgusting, and awful. And don't buy this bullshit"three valiant Republican Senators" narrative that the mainstream media seems so enamoured with. These three all voted against the habeas corpus amendment that Specter introduced (HT: Atrios). Watching McCain allow the Bush administration get away with some of the very same things that were done to him in Vietnam is like watching a battered woman go back to her abusive partner. Pathetic.

Fortunately, the 2006 election prospects are looking bright for Democrats. It's going to be fun (but a bit scary) to watch the Bush administration contending with a Democratic Congress. (And you can bet that I and the rest of the progosphere will be breathing down their necks to make sure they call the Bush administration to account.) We gotta make this fraud proof, though. I cringe when I think of all the Diebold machines that will be determining the fate our political future. (Yes, after this was revealed count me in the "worried about election integrity" camp.)


Anonymous Lee said...

Good thing Quinn was born to add his vote. What a very cute baby, and what happy parents! I agree with the sense of disgust at today's legislation. Was at an ACLU town hall with Anthony Romero and John Dean last night where we anticipated this. Wish there had been a fillabuster. Maybe the courts will overturn the worst--and possibly new, better legislation in January if the Dems win this November.

Congratulations on a beautiful baby!

Lee Lawrence, Berkeley, CA

4:05 AM, September 29, 2006  

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