and we haven’t hit the ground yet

Those of us who are not Americans can only look on in wonder at the similar ease with which the ancient rights and liberties of the individual are being surrendered in the United States in the wake of 9/11. The vote by the Senate on Thursday to suspend the right of habeas corpus for terrorism detainees, denying them their right to challenge their detention in court; the careful wording about torture, which forbids only the inducement of “serious” physical and mental suffering to obtain information; the admissibility of evidence obtained in the United States without a search warrant; the licensing of the president to declare a legal resident of the United States an enemy combatant — all this represents an historic shift in the balance of power between the citizen and the executive.

pirates of the mediterranean

so yeah, when the proposed legislation effectively sanctions torture of every American, without legal recourse or appeal, i’d have to say we’ve re-entered the dark ages.

why is it i can’t get the niemoller poem out of my head?

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