Written by Chris Floyd
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
How many times must a duck go “quack,” before you call it a duck?
– with apologies to Bob Dylan.
The Senate has failed to move forward on a bill to restore the ancient right of habeas corpus to captives of the Bush Regime’s Terror War, many of whom have proved to be innocent people — sometimes kidnapped, sometimes sold into captivity by bounty hunters — caged without legal protection, often for years on end. With a few momentarily honorable exceptions, the Republicans voted in near lock-step to support George W. Bush’s perversion of the Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution. The Democrats, who soft-pedaled the legislation, making no rousing public campaign about the measure before the vote (indeed, scarcely mentioning it at all), once again saw their impotent majority go down to defeat.
The result is a further entrenching of the lawless authoritarian state that has now fully supplanted the remains of the constitutional republic founded in 1787. It’s curious that on the very day the United States Senate was on bended knee once more to the shabby sovereign in the White House, over in the Old Country, where monarchy still reigns (but doesn’t rule), a major political figure delivered a wholesale rejection of the Terror War and its destruction of long-held, hard-won liberties.
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