17 October 2006

So long, habeas corpus!

President Bush today signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. It still strikes me as incomprehensible that the President of the United States can defend with a straight face the idea that we should be illegally incarcerating and torturing people in order to protect worldwide liberty. Bush called this bill "one of the most important pieces of legislation in the war on terror". You know what? I'm fucking sick of the war on terror. What is it anyway? It seems like the only battle we've won in this war is against the toothpaste bombers. North Korea is setting off Nukes like they're roman candles on Guy Fawkes' Day, Iraq is embroiled in a vicious civil war and the good name of the American people has been besmirched by a handful of demagogues who personify all of us to the rest of the world.

I don't feel any freakin' safer than I did five years ago, I just feel like boarding an airplane is a bigger pain in my arse. How much longer will it be before we realise that we're flailing about blindly trying to fight something we don't understand in a fashion that will never work? The ACLU called this legislation "one of the worst civil liberties measures ever enacted in American history". How many more (cue Bob Dylan) quotations like that will it take before the country wakes up?

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