Thursday, 5 October 2006

You and Me, We'll all go Down in History, with a Sad Statue of Liberty and a Generation That Didn't Agree

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.


  1. Hi Dan,

    I was going to blog these, but I think they're more apt for you.

    Have fun!

  2. I just dont get it!? How do these things come about with no one seeming to notice or put a stop to them?? It baffles me!

  3. Maybe people just don't care anymore. We notice, we just don't know how to stop it anymore. Maybe we don't think we can. We don't protest, we don't discuss. We're complacent and apathetic. As soon as my husband is finished his degree, we're moving. I can't raise my son here.

  4. I like Tom D'Antoni's idea: combine the two.

    Torture Hastert.


  5. Hey Dan, hi Eva-Jane,

    I'm a German/American therefore everybody f***** loves me here in Britain and I get my share of comments on other people's messes.

    Dan, I couldn't agree more with you about the implications of this law. The Republicans have a great history of demolishing civil and social well-being in the States (not to mention averting attention of innerpolitical issues by starting wars).

    The truth Eva-Gene is that it's always the same reasons why these things happen: Ignorance and naivety. People can't be asked to find out while Politicians call torture "Anti-Terrorism Bills".

    I seem to remember something vaguely familiar happening in Germany around '33...

    Hmmm, am ranting now so must stop. By the way dude, how's your acting career going? Found you via your Post about leaving drama school...


  6. You would've died laughing (or crying) if you'd heard the NPR interview with John Ashcroft Wed. night. That man makes no sense at all.

  7. I think that this has huge implications for all of us (not just for prisoners and suspects), because the hypocrisy of America's leaders reflects badly on the West and could make the rest of the world angry with us... how can we tell non-western countries that they shouldn't torture people, and then we allow torture in the west?

  8. This is fucked up behond belief :(

  9. Cheeks: thanks, I'm using them as we speak!

    UWL: Are you serious about moving from the US, where to? Come join us in Europe!

    Chris Rogers: thanks for stopping by, nice to see another half-German and I'll be by your blog asap!


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