The messianic, authoritarian George W. Bush and the minds of his cohorts
have further collapsed the rule of law with his bulldozing through a
divided Congress more dictatorial powers in his increasingly
self-defined, self-serving and failing "war on terror."
The normally restrained /New York Times/ in an editorial titled "Rushing
off a Cliff" condemned Bush's "ghastly ideas about antiterrorism that
will make American troops less safe and do lasting damage to our 217
year-old nation of laws-while doing nothing to protect the nation from
terrorists. Democrats betray their principles to avoid last-minute
attack ads. Our democracy is the big loser."
Bush has concentrated so much arbitrary power in his Presidency that he
can be described in the vernacular as the torturer-in-chief, the
jailer-in-chief and the arrestor-in-chief. Who needs the courts? Who
needs the constitutional rights to habeas corpus for defendants to be
able to argue that they were wrongfully arrested or capriciously
imprisoned indefinitely without being charged?
The only light at the end of this Bush tunnel comes from many law
professors and knowledgeable members of Congress, such as Senator Pat
Leahy (D-VT), who believe that when this law reaches the Supreme Court,
its offending and vague provisions will be declared unconstitutional.
But that will take two years and in the meantime King George can
continue expanding his massively losing tally of arrests, detentions and
imprisonment of innocent people who are tortured or mistreated, isolated
As both military attorneys and civilian pro bono attorneys for those
imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have declared-the vast majority of
the nearly 700 "detainees" were innocent from the get-go, victims of
bounty hunters in Afghanistan and neighboring countries who "sold" them
for cash to intermediaries who turned them over to the U.S. military for
transfer to Cuba. All these "catches" made George W. Bush look like he
was really rounding up all those evil terrorists - like cab drivers,
British tourists of Pakistani descent and so forth.
Timed for the November elections, Bush moves on Congress, complete with
his minions there issuing McCarthyite press releases accusing opposing
Democrats, in the words of House Speaker, Dennis Hastert (R - Ill.), of
voting "in favor of MORE rights for terrorists." (His emphasis)
All this shameless, anti-American unconstitutional bile from the
Bushites comes in the midst of his own top intelligence people reporting
that their President's war in Iraq is providing a recruitment and
training ground for growing numbers of terrorists in Iraq and from other
countries. Earlier, Bush's own CIA Director, Porter Goss, told a Senate
Committee the same thing. Bush's own generals in Iraq also agree.
Critics call it pouring gasoline on a raging fire.
Nonetheless, the closed mind of Mr. Bush, whose foreign-military
policies have upset his mother and father deeply, according to a new
book by Bob Woodward, tells Americans that our country will be in Iraq
doing what it is doing right through his Administration's term ending in
Never mind the mounting American casualties, which Bush and Cheney
deliberately undercount (see www.democracyrising.us); never mind the
destruction of Iraq, its enormous civilian casualties and a growing
insurgency and sectarian violence that would not be there without the
Bush occupation. Never mind Bush's sectarian preferences, the Bush
economic decrees, puppet politics and the widely reported Bush blunders
and massive corruption-waste registered by his corporate contracting
friends engaged in reconstruction-so called.
So long as the lawyers and their bar associations in America do not
challenge the advancing dictatorial powers of George W. Bush, so long as
citizen groups, labor unions and libertarians, conservatives and
liberals avoid uniting together, these constitutional crimes against due
process, probable cause, habeas corpus, together with torture and
indefinite imprisonment at the whim of the Executive branch, will worsen
and erode American jurisprudence with serious consequences for both the
nation's security and its liberties.
The White House is on a rampage. The President is a documented lawless,
reckless, arrogant politician whose policies are fueling more terrorism
in the Middle East. Nonetheless, he then turns around and demands more
flagrant over-rides on constitutional safeguards in order to let him
fight terrorism. Quite a convenient vicious circle by him to hoist his
daily politics of fear on the country.
Remember that telling thought by the British Parliamentarian, Edmund
Burke, at the time of the American Revolution: "All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."