Tuesday, October 17, 2006

And to the Republic...

...that ain't there anymore to stand for.
So Bush has signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006, effectively removing most of the protections that make a republic a viable form of government.
Of course, it's all just to protect us, but if you happen to be one of the unfortunates that Bush designates a enemy combatant, you have no rights of habeas corpus, no protection against any torture that Bush says isn't torture (see below for what they did to Padilla) and you can be locked away for the rest of your (hopefully) short, miserable life without anyone knowing anything more about you. As an added bonus, when after 36 hours in a stress position they ask you if your friends are also terrorists for the ninetieth time and you finally say yes, they can lock them up too, and use your testimony against them.
So put your hands over your hearts, America, and pledge to something that doesn't exist anymore. Maybe it will mollify your keepers.


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