Thursday, December 22, 2005

Why Does Il Duce Care What the Law Says?

I'm not the only one who's confused about why Bush, who is above all law, is so insistent on a total extension of the named-by-opposites "PATRIOT Act." In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, (via, Bruce Schneier discusses the whole wartime-dictator thing in an indefinite time of phony war. It is not lengthy, and is well worth reading.


Grace said...

Two points.
Point #1: Read this piece immediately before or after reading the Declaration of Independence. So many of the things we were rebelling against then have suddently come back.

Point #2A: Who in hell is John Yoo?! This guy's name suddenly appeared in the past few years, and it is almost always attached to incredibly offensive and un-American legal thinking.

Point #2B: What are the odds that in 20 or 30 years John Yoo will be some Republican president's nominee for the Supreme Court?

Bartleby said...

Very true, Grace. I can't remember right now where I read it, but it was someone's one-word translation of the Declaration of Independence into Newspeak: "Crimethink." (Now that I think of it, that may have been Orwell's own translation, in an afterword to 1984.)

About the Yoo candidacy to the Supreme Court: I'm guessing, at the rate things are going, that who's a candidate for the Supremes a few decades from now won't matter much -- one way or the other.