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September 18, 2006

Executive of all he surveys

Posted by Phil on September 18, 2006 8:37 AM

Glenn Greenwald:

Just look at the things we're debating--whether the U.S. Government can abduct and indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens without charges; whether we can use torture to interrogate people; whether our Government can eavesdrop on our private conversations without warrants; whether we can create secret prisons and keep people there out of sight and beyond the reach of any law or oversight; and whether the President can simply disregard long-standing constitutional limitations and duly enacted Congressional laws because he has deemed that doing so is necessary to "protect" us.

These haven't been open questions for decades if not centuries. They've been settled as intrinsic values that define our country. Yet nothing is settled or resolved any longer. Everything--even the most extremist and authoritarian policies and things which were long considered taboo--are now openly entertained, justifiable and routinely justified.

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