…than you have definitely not been poring over recent news (read: procrastinating) as much as I have. And you are most certainly not prepared for the torture you may now be subjected to in the future.
That’s right: “exactly 220 years to the date after the Bill of Rights was ratified, the US Senate today voted 86 to 13 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, allowing the indefinite detention and torture of Americans.” Now ain’t that some cruel irony. This following yesterday’s vote, 283-136, on the same measure in the House.
The culprits, a bipartisan bunch, can be found here and here respectively. To voice your indignation at this flagrant desecration of your civil liberties, please take the time tomorrow to call your member of Congress here (as if they cared about YOUR rights. Hah!). The bill now heads to the President’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law, following Obama’s extraordinary and appalling capitulation (if you think he might renege on his reversal, here’s the number to call).
I leave you with the following, which has been making the rounds on the internet today, in light of the news: “We need not throw away 200 years of American jurisprudence while we fight terrorism.” That was candidate Barack Obama on June 18th of 2008. Anyone else up for a primal scream?