As I mentioned in my last post, the passing of the Terror Suspects Bill by the US Senate is perhaps one of the greatest backward steps that American legislators have ever taken and in the post-Foley shakedown this terrible bit of law making has seemingly passed unnoticed. Dirty talk sells, the torture and mistreatment of prisoners is perhaps not so sexy...
In a nutshell then, torture is now legal in the United States, Habeas Corpus (a quaint 12th century tradition) now lays in tatters, the tactics in the war on a noun that the US administration has resorted to (secret detention, enforced disappearance, prolonged incommunicado detention, indefinite detention without charge, arbitrary detention, and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment) are now legal.
The President now has discretion in deciding what interrogation methods are legitimate and in providing immunity for CIA interrogators from prosecution for war crimes (this should avoid them having to take out torturers insurance); defendants' rights are of course well short of those guaranteed by civilian and military courts.
The United States is a genuine threat to democracy.
Speaking of the Anal Foley sideshow, the damage is leaking further and further into the GOP, hopefully bringing down a sack load of hypocritical, shameful bastards. It seems that Republican/conservative repression and self-righteousness always seems to manifest itself in supreme hypocrisy. Please see Foley with his Internet predator legislation, Rush Limbaugh with his drug abuse demonization and the compulsive gambling of Bill Bennett who wrote a book on virtues and morality.
Shame on you.