Friday, September 29, 2006

U.S.A. R.I.P.

All the mainstream discussion of the Pro-Torture bill seems to characterize it as a 'victory for the President' which it indisputably is -- and thus is a loss for the rest of the human race. To think, Congress just authorized one of the stupidest, most-inept, corrupt, clueless and flat-out deluded individuals on the planet to torture pretty much whomever he can wave the magic word s "illegal combatant" at. Nobody mainstream has noted that Congress also outlawed prosecution of those who have already conducted torture on the President's behalf. They issued a blanket pardon to the President and his henchmen, ensuring we will never even begin to know what's already been done.

How turning America into a pariah nation, deservedly hated by billions around the world, including millions who were born into its manifold blessings "makes us safer" is not immediately apparent.

One thing to bear in mind, with respect to the Vichycrats: A false friend is vastly more dangerous (and despicable) that a frank enemy. Will nobody even hold the Democrats accountable?

Via Daily Kos:

On the question do you favor (1) allowing the President to define torture, (2) strip the court of judicial review via habeas corpus (even though the constitution does not allow you to except in cases of invasion or Rebellion), and (3) allowing the President to jail American citizens arbitrarily and without court review?

Gutless Democrats saying Aye:
Tom Carper (Del.)
Tim Johnson (S.D.)
Mary Landrieu (La.)
Frank Lautenberg (N.J.)
Bob Menendez (N.J)
Bill Nelson (Fla.)
Ben Nelson (Neb.)
Pryor (Ark.)
Jay Rockefeller (W. Va.)
Ken Salazar (Co.)
Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)

Gutless Connecticut for Liebermans saying Aye: Joe Lieberman (Conn.)


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