September 27, 2006 11:58 AM Subscribe
Within the next two days, the U.S. Congress will vote, bipartisanly, for a law allowing the President to kidnap anyone including U.S. citizens, from anywhere including the United States, hold them in prison for life solely on the President's word, deny them any trial at all, deny them access to the legal system, torture them into a made-up confession, and use that made-up confession obtained by torture in show trials, with sentences ranging from imprisonment to death. Constitutional law professors are apoplectic. As the United States of America teeters on the brink of becoming an evil nation, it is time to ponder the consequences of torture. When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you (<-- read that link if you read nothing else in this post). CIA veterans say that torture becomes an end unto itself. Talking heads advocate it. Entertainment programs glorify it. Democrats strongly support torture, not having said a peep against the bill -- out of 202 Democrats in the House, only 24 oppose torture, while Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says, "We want to do this". The question I have is, once the President has the legal authority to kidnap his political opponents and incarcerate them for life without a trial, will you still have a republic?
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