Human Rights

Il Duce pon­tif­i­cated while sign­ing his bill into law — the one that blocks accused ter­ror­ists from hav­ing legal coun­sel or gain­ing access to the evi­dence against them.

With the bill I’m about to sign, the men our intel­li­gence offi­cials believe orches­trated the mur­der of nearly 3,000 inno­cent peo­ple will face jus­tice,” Bush said.

How? How can we call it jus­tice, George, when we won’t let them speak to an attor­ney, when we won’t let them see the evi­dence we’re sup­posed to have against them? This isn’t jus­tice — it is a star cham­ber, and it is an insult to the tra­di­tions this nation upholds, and an insult to every man and woman you have sent to Iraq to die in the name of your sick, solip­sis­tic quest for approval from your daddy.

He made sure — of course — to invoke 11 September; it’s all he’s got left; it’s all he’s ever had.

Bush signed the bill in the White House East Room, at a table with a sign posi­tioned on the front that said “Protecting America.” He said he signed it in mem­ory of the vic­tims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

There’s been a lot of breast-​​beating done since that day, the most odi­ous of which tends to invoke the mem­o­ries of the vic­tims of the attacks in the name of this or that. “I’m sure that so-​​and-​​so, were he alive today, would sup­port this deci­sion to do such-​​and-​​such.”

I won­der how many of those dead peo­ple would have approved of this sus­pen­sion of civil lib­er­ties. Even the accused ter­ror­ists are merely accused; to damn them with­out defense or pos­si­bilty thereof assumes that the US gov­ern­ment is some­how inerrant and omniscient.

I have one word to say to any­one who believes this to be plau­si­ble: Katrina.

We will answer bru­tal mur­der with patient jus­tice,” Bush said. “Those who kill the inno­cent will be held to account.”

Yes, George, they will, in 2007, when the oppo­si­tion con­gress begins impeach­ment proceedings.

650,000 + 44 More Per Day

October is turn­ing into a real meat grinder in Iraq, as casu­al­ties mount on both the civil­ian and mil­i­tary fronts. More then 700 civil­ians are dead already, with nearly 60 troops added to the body count.

Let me remind, once again, that this level of vio­lence did not hap­pen under Hussein, and that Iraq was not a nation over­run by ter­ror­ism until we invaded. I’ll con­cede Hussein was a bad man, that he very likely was a typ­i­cal insane dic­ta­tor who killed off many of his own cit­i­zens — but I guar­an­tee that we have lost the high ground there, and that we are now per­ceived as being infi­nitely worse.

Meanwhile Afghanistan is still dis­in­te­grat­ing and Osama Bin Laden is still at large. Apparently he can, indeed, both run and hide.

Security

We are not safer now than we were on 10 September 2001. Our ports remain unguarded and air­craft are still crash­ing into build­ings in New York.

How hard would it be for an extrem­ist fanatic to obtain a dirty bomb — or even a small nuke — get aboard a light air­craft, fly it over a large city, and blow it up?

It will hap­pen. These peo­ple are insane, but they are not stupid.

What is being done about it?

Absolutely noth­ing.

North Korea

Kim appears to be prepar­ing for a sec­ond nuke test. The first one was a lit­tle over a half kilo­ton — a baby nuke, pos­si­bly even a misfire.

SEOUL, Sept. 17 — North Korea may be prepar­ing for a sec­ond nuclear test, South Korean and Japanese offi­cials said today, as the Communist state threat­ened “mer­ci­less blows” against any coun­try impos­ing the sanc­tions just adopted by the United Nations Security Council.

There’s squeak­ing on all sides about the prob­a­bil­ity of a sec­ond try, but the best bom­bast is still avail­able only from your all-​​American sources, such as Fox News White House mouth­piece shill spokesman Tony Snow.

The North Koreans have made no secret of their desire to be provoca­tive,” he told reporters, accord­ing to news ser­vice accounts. “The first test, while nuclear, did have a low yield, and per­haps it would not be unrea­son­able to expect that the North Koreans would like to try some­thing again.”

In other words, they’re all a bunch of pussies! Nyaah! Bring it on!

Hey, Tony: Your job descrip­tion hap­pens to include diplo­macy, whether you’re aware of it or not, so maybe you could try ramp­ing it back a lit­tle, huh?

Meanwhile Kim is say­ing that the sanc­tions approved by the UN will be treated as acts of war.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday blasted U.N. sanc­tions aimed at pun­ish­ing the coun­try for its nuclear test, say­ing the mea­sures amount to a dec­la­ra­tion of war and that the nation wouldn’t cave in to such pres­sure now that it’s a nuclear weapons power.

Even though NKor is really only barely a nuclear power, this kind of rhetoric is what’s dri­ving Japan to rethink its own pol­icy on nuke armaments.

I won­der how it is that North Korea wasn’t tar­geted for inva­sion in, say, 2003 or so on the grounds that they might have WMD man­u­fac­tur­ing appa­ra­tus. I sup­pose the intel­li­gence on Iraq was ever so much more conclusive.

And by the way: It was George’s inat­ten­tion that got us here — recall Kim didn’t have a nuke in, say, 1999 — and it’s idi­otic to blame Clinton when it was Bush who failed to act for six years to pre­vent any of this from happening.

But you know what? We’re going to be okay. Bush said so as he signed his lit­tle bill.

Sleep well, America.

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