Sunday, February 05, 2006

So Bush can kill at will, too?

You know, I'm trying to train myself just not to think it can't get any worse. Because it can. It always can. And with this president it will. I simply shudder to think where we're going to end up. Newsweek is reporting the latest in an article entitled, "Exclusive: Can the President Order a Killing on U.S. Soil?" It starts off like this:

In the latest twist in the debate over presidential powers, a Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United States. Steven Bradbury, acting head of the department's Office of Legal Counsel, went to a closed-door Senate intelligence committee meeting last week to defend President George W. Bush's surveillance program. During the briefing, said administration and Capitol Hill officials (who declined to be identified because the session was private), California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Bradbury questions about the extent of presidential powers to fight Al Qaeda; could Bush, for instance, order the killing of a Qaeda suspect known to be on U.S. soil? Bradbury replied that he believed Bush could indeed do this, at least in certain circumstances.

Look, don't think me so naïve that I suppose this hasn't already happened. Of course, it has. But this article makes it clear that the administration is determined to be blatant about it - to have summary executions actually accepted by the American people.

We are turning into something quite monstrous, you know. And the rest of the world is going to rise up to stop us soon; it will, you know it will. And then the outcome will simply be beyond horrific.


  1. Anonymous4:45 PM

    Hysteria is not attactive lady.

    You seem to be very irrational.

  2. You're certainly entitled to your take on it, pal. But at least I have the courtesy to sign my name to what I write. Drive-by, anonymous comments are hardly what I'd call "attractive", for that matter.


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