Thursday, September 28, 2006

"We are legalizing tyranny in the United States."

Spotty's off at the canine sweat lodge, and I'm sure you've come for a Katherine Kersten takedown, my droogs, but today I can't. I can't be bothered with Katie's mindless vomiting of GOP talking points today. Because today the only thing you need to do is read Glenn Greenwald and mourn the death of a grand experiment:
There really is no other way to put it. Issues of torture to the side (a grotesque qualification, I know), we are legalizing tyranny in the United States. Period. Primary responsibility for this fact lies with the authoritarian Bush administration and its sickeningly submissive loyalists in Congress. That is true enough. But there is no point in trying to obscure that fact that it's happening with the cowardly collusion of the Senate Democratic leadership, which quite likely could have stopped this travesty via filibuster if it chose to (it certainly could have tried).

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And as a result, we are now about to vest in the President the power to order anyone -- U.S. citizen, resident alien or foreign national -- detained indefinitely in a military prison regardless of where they are -- U.S. soil or outside of the country. American detainees are either cut off from any meaningful judicial review and everyone else is cut off completely. They can be subject to torture with no recourse, and all of this happens on the unchecked say-so of the administration. Really, what could be more significant than this?

But before you're declared an enemy combatant, make a phone call:

Senator Mark Dayton
Washington, DC Office
SR-123, Russell Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3244
Fax: 202-228-2186

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