An execution of the American system of justice

Posted: October 21st, 2006 by Militant Libertarian

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The news photos of President Bush signing the latest anti-terrorist measure show a line up of dignitaries whose unsmiling countenances were properly grim for witnessing the execution of the American notion of justice.

Obviously some in the gathering, like Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Vice President Cheney, don’t see it that way. For them the potential shredding of civil liberties is necessary to save the nation from the terrorist hordes waiting to destroy us. One doesn’t smile in triumph when the president is saving the lives of millions of Americans.

Despite the violence it does to our constitutional principles, without this latest authorization to conduct questionable interrogations, strip detainees of their right to examine the evidence against them, exclude evidence gained through coercion and challenge their incarceration, another Sept. 11, 2001, could be just around the corner. Or so we are led to believe.

“It is a rare occasion when a president can sign a bill he knows will save American lives,” Bush said. “I have that privilege this morning.”

But one would hope that the somberness of some of those in attendance, like Sens. John Warner, R-Va., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., may have stemmed from an uncomfortable realization that their earlier fight against passage of a bill they considered dangerously excessive was in the end futile and unrewarding. There was little compromise when all was said and done, a fact certified by the noticeable absence of the third member of the initial Senate opposition, John McCain, who skipped the signing ostensibly to campaign in Wisconsin for a GOP House candidate.

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