The Death of Habeus Corpus?

Nick Bradbury has a good post about the terrible travesty of a law passed by the U.S. Senate yesterday. When I was growing up and when I served in the Marine Corps during the Reagan Administration, there was never any doubt in my mind that we Americans were the "good guys", and that the United States was a force for good in the world.

Now, we have even more evidence that King George thinks he is above the law, and that we can just thumb our nose at the Geneva Convention and the rest of the world. In the words of Colin Powell, "We are in danger of losing the moral high ground". What will happen when a U.S. soldier is captured by another country that feels free to interpret the Geneva Convention as they see fit?

The Bush Regime and Karl Rove have been very successful in using fear as a political weapon to keep themselves in power. Unfortunately, too many Americans are too busy watching mindless tripe like "Deal or No Deal" to pay attention to what is happening to our country. They seem to think that its no big deal if the government tortures and imprisons people who might be terrorists, since its only some Muslims, right?  Maybe they should consider this poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller during the Nazi era in Germany:

 

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

 

Once people give up rights and power to a government (even during a crisis or "emergency"), it is very hard to ever get them back.

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