Let's see....The goal of Al-Qaida, says George W. Bush, is to destroy our way of life and our freedoms.
But with laws like the freshly hatched Military Commisions Act, Bush and his cohorts and enablers have done terrible harm to our Constitutional rights and liberties.
What is to prevent the next president of the United States--Pres. Clinton, Pres. Obama, Pres. Gore--from determining that Bush's assaults on our freedoms have provided "material aid" to our Enemy? Thereby making Bush an "unlawful enemy combatant," to be put away forever, without recourse to legal appeal.
Now hold on, you hoot: There's no way that what Bush did--however terrible--could be called "providing intentional aid" to terrorists.
The Military Commissions Act gives the President the new power to effectively call anybody he or she wants an "unlawful enemy combatant."
But what about "competent tribunals," you protest: Under the new law, don't they have to agree to the designation!
But who gets to appoint these "competent tribunals?"
Nope, the next U.S. President can, if he or she cares to, thanks to this new law, label George W. Bush--or Cheney, Rumsfeld, Condi, et al--an anti-America abetting "UEC," and clap em in a dungeon and throw away the key.
CLINK CLANK (sound of key or keys hitting the sidewalk and bouncing away down into a refuse-choked ravine...forever)
For a more informed (and blistering, chilling, stirring) consideration of all this, see Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. He's been absolutely magnificent.
Such is the state of journalism, that some of the most powerful insight and alarms on the dangers to our democracy comes from an ex-sports broadcaster wise guy.