10 Good Things About the Bush Administration
1) Has caused many Americans who don’t normally follow public affairs to pay closer attention.
2) We’ve learned a lot about habeas corpus, including how to spell it.
3) Know more now about the complex interaction between money and politics.
4) Crash course on military science in asymmetrical warfare.
5) Chance to reevaluate the world press, compare and contrast with ours.
6) Fresh look at words like "accountability," "responsibility."
7) Fresh look at phrases like "enemy combatant," "classified information."
8) Extended experiment showing the effect of religious faith on science, government.
9) Test of our system of laws when put under extreme pressure by lawbreakers in the highest levels of all three branches of government.
10) General excitement about the yet-to-be-answered question, "Can we survive a direct assault by our own leaders on our liberties?"
"Here's a story that looks like something of a blockbuster: The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iraqi-based Iranian opposition group, is considered a terrorist organization by the United States. Any American supporting the group can be charged with a crime. Yet the MEK “gets protection from the U.S. military despite Iraqi pressure to leave the country,” and “regularly escorts MEK supply runs between Baghdad and its base, Camp Ashraf.”"
* cnn (4/06/07):
"The U.S. State Department considers the MEK a terrorist organization -- meaning no American can deal with it; U.S. banks must freeze its assets; and any American giving support to its members is committing a crime.
The U.S. military, though, regularly escorts MEK supply runs between Baghdad and its base, Camp Ashraf.
"The trips for procurement of logistical needs also take place under the control and protection of the MPs," said Mojgan Parsaii, vice president of MEK and leader of Camp Ashraf.
That's because, according to U.S. documents, coalition forces regard MEK as protected people under the Geneva Conventions."
"REMINDER: We're living in the golden age of Constitutional crises."