Wednesday, January 03, 2007

bad things

If you would like a good example of just how far things have gone from the ideals of the Founders, look no farther than this article from Morning Edition (listen) today. It doesnt matter how big a scumbag Pedilla may be, what matters is the precedent set by the policies of the Bush Administration. Whether BushCo are fascists or fools, the government has crossed a line, an action which has been enhanced by the Military Commissions Act. With Pedillo's treatment comes the possibility that anyone may be treated in this manner. We are standing at the edge of a very slippery slope, and right behind us is George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the twisted thing that was once the Republican Party, and they're ready to give us a push, all in the name of keeping us "safe" from terrorists.
Indeed, there are even some within the government who think it might be best if Padilla were declared incompetent and sent to a psychiatric prison facility. As one high-ranking official put it, "the objective of the government always has been to incapacitate this person."
If this statement had been made after a fair trial, and a guilty verdict, it wouldnt bother me. But this has been done before a trial, on the say-so of a government that has apparently never read the document which is supposed to govern them. What has happened to the America that learned of growing up? Because I dont like this new America.


Omnipotent Poobah said...

One of the bad things about a democracy is that they're easy to disassemble. They exist primarily based on trust and when a slime ball gets in charge of them they bend rather easily to the slime ball's will.

Send Jose to a mental institution? That's exactly what the Ruskies that George and Dick always feared so much did. We might as well just say we're sending him to the gulag and get it over with.

daveawayfromhome said...

"Disappear" him, perhaps? Also now allowed, it seems.