Growing up in the 1970s I was taught that in countries such as the U.S.S.R. and East Germany, free speech was curtailed. Their citizens were spied upon, their telephone calls were monitored, and elections were rigged. If you were arrested and charged with a crime against the State the chances were that you were tortured and that your loved ones were not privy to your whereabouts.
Here we are in 21st century America and if any of this sounds vaguely familiar it's because it is. These very same actions take place right here, under the guise of fighting terrorism. It is hard to believe how low we have sank since November of 2000, and the scary part is that I do not believe that we have bottomed out. The current administration will stop at nothing to consolidate the power of the executive branch. Even the Supreme Court's ruling that the detaining of enemy combatants is illegal did not deter them. They merely sought, and obtained a compromise from a Congress that is devoid of gumption.
The truth is that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al, should be tried as war criminals. More people have died under their reign than any previous American government, with the possible exception of the Civil War. What we probably will get is eight years of John McCain. It's depressing, to say the least.
Posted at 11:20 am by commish