Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Are American Prison Camps Next?

* tristero:
"Wherever you turn with Bush, it is always difficult to imagine a worse result from any of their policies. But they always seem to surprise us and manage ever more catastrophic outcomes.

Could anyone imagine that the Bush administration policy towards natural disaster would be so inept they would fail to respond with even minimal effectiveness to Katrina? Or that a US president would be so focused on bogus threats he'd receive a report entitled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US" and not put the entire country on high alert? Could anyone imagine a worse solution for the millions of patients that would benefit from stem-cell-based treatments than for the United States to cripple research with a policy that bans federal funds for new stem cell lines? Or a worse politics for an American democracy than pandering to the most ignorant constituency in the country - the true believers in the Dobsons, the Falwells, and the Robertsons? A constituency so fucking dumb that when their preachers tell them the most dangerous issue facing the country is two guys who love each other, they actually believe it, then propose and pass laws that advocate bigotry and hate? Could anyone possibly imagine an ideology so idiotic that it actually takes seriously the likes of Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, William Kristol, Douglas Feith, Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton, John Ashcroft, Ahmad Chalabi, Paul Bremer, or Richard Cheney?

It is a simple fact that the most creative people in the world are the incompetent. They find unique ways of making life hell which are far, far beyond anything the rest of us can imagine. And so, the kind of fiascos that Joshua Micah Marshall - and you, and I - find difficult ever to imagine are a piece of cake for George W. Bush to create."

* Time:
"Washington scandals, it seems, have been following a Moore's law of their own, coming at a faster clip every time there is a shift in control. It took 40 years for the House Democrats to exhaust their goodwill. It may take only 12 years for the Republicans to get there."

* jeralyn:
"A new CNN poll finds a majority of respondents say Denny Hastert should resign over FoleyGate.... I agree but I hope he continues to follow his ego instead of poll results so the Dems can win by an even greater margin in November."

* jeralyn:
"Are American Prison Camps Next?

Law Prof Marjorie Cohn warns that the military commissions bill authorizes Bush to round of thousands, including Americans, and hold them in detention camps.

The contract, she writes, has already been awarded to a Haliburton subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root."


damien said...

WUFYS has a story about US prison camps and American muslims following a possible terrorist attack in the US. They cite a warning from Hamid Mir:

The only journalist to have interviewed al-Qaida leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri since the 9/11 attacks is coming to the U.S. to address a [neo-con] conference. Hamid Mir, WND reported, recently warned that the new al-Qaida field commander in Afghanistan is calling for Muslims to leave the U.S. in anticipation of a major terror attack to rival Sept. 11. Mir, based in Pakistan, says the attack is being coordinated by Adnan el-Shukrijumah [a US muslim]...Nothing about el-Shukrijumah indicates his radical Islamic orientation. It is this last bit that is seen as the perfect excuse to start rounding up every other ordinary Muslim American in mass detention sweeps.

Perhaps there is a need for a new al Qaeda media personality. We'll see.

«—U®Anu§—» said...

I'm in a minor skirmish with some right-wing enabler in the comments under that entry, at the bottom, about the Military Commissions Act.