Thursday, September 28, 2006

a glimmer of hope, no more.

well, it looks like mccain just capitulated to bush like the sauce did to life. my hopes for american democracy are genuinely dwindling.

ms. dahlia lithwick's depressingly accurate conclusion:

For the five years since 9/11, we have been in the dark in this country. This president has held detainees in secret prisons and had them secretly tortured using secret legal justifications. Those held in secret at Guantanamo Bay include innocent men, as do those who have been secretly shipped off to foreign countries and brutally ortured there. That was a shame on this president.

But passage of the new detainee legislation will be a different sort of watershed. Now we are affirmatively asking to be left in the dark. Instead of torture we were unaware of, we are sanctioning torture we'll never hear about. Instead of detainees we didn't care about, we are authorizing detentions we'll never know about. Instead
of being misled by the president, we will be blind and powerless by our own choice. And that is a shame on us all.


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