Friday, July 04, 2008

How dare they?

I was working on a 4th of July inspired post, but I'm not sure that I will (or feel like) finishing it today. So in case I don't get it done today I'm linking to this op-ed from Joseph Galloway(h/t Glenn Greenwald.) A sample quote will indicate why this is superb reading for the fourth.

We are living in a time when the right of habeas corpus — which simply put is your right to be brought before a proper court of law where the government is made to prove that there is good and legal reason to detain you — recently survived by a margin of only one vote at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Now these bad actors are prepared to set aside your right to privacy — written into the Constitution as a key part of our Bill of Rights — with hardly a nod in the direction of the true patriots who rebelled against an English king and his army to guarantee those rights.

That they will do this while the last empty phrases of the political windbags at the Fourth of July celebrations are still echoing across a thousand city parks and the bright red, white and blue bunting and blizzard of American flags still flap in the breeze is little short of breath-taking.

How dare they?

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