Saturday, September 23, 2006

The SlipperyTotalitarian Slope

Now that the US is poised on the precipice of not merely condoning but of legally sanctioning the use of "alternative interrogation techniques", the administration's "sophisticated" euphemism for torture, how long will it be before the Miranda Rule, the exclusionary rule and the Fifth Amendment fall before the adminstration's totalitarian urges - administration urges unleashed by the rubber-stamp republican Congress on enemy combatants will find no bright line demarking the rights of the domestically accused.

Sure, sure, the descent will be delayed for a bit by so-called moderate republicans taking a distracting grasp at principle, but we've all taken that plunge before - the end of the fall will always shatter our hopes so long as Bush and the republicans are in charge of the parachutes.


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