By Meteor Blades
After nearly six years of greed and plunder, we've almost become inured to Republican corruption, whether some new aspect of the many tentacled Abramoff scandal - which continues to lasso GOP Congressmen in its web of payoffs and other unconscionable behavior like the truly rancid Marianas affair - or some other rip-off or influence-peddling.
We've almost gotten used to the cowardly practice for which the campaign against Max Cleland was the prototype, the upsidedownism of some Republican't chickenhawk calling into question the patriotism of a Democratic candidate who served in uniform. We're hardly surprised when the attack dogs try out some new version of the Willie Horton ploy, using coded or sometimes less veiled racism to appeal to the knuckle-draggers among our fellow citizens.
And we barely flinch any more when some new revelation appears that policies Mister Bush and his mentors and minions have crafted have been tantamount to printing up 10 million al Qaeda recruiting posters and slapping them up all over the Muslim world.
Knowing all we know about the incompetence, corruption, wrongheadedness and mangy amorality of our benighted Republican't leaders, it's still hard to keep from gasping when we find out, as we did Friday from the still awakening megamedia, that not only have Bush policymakers been helping recruit more terrorists, they've actually given them instructions via the Internet on how to build the very weapons of mass destruction that they told us four years ago necessitated a spree of killing and dying in Iraq. Despite their reckless disregard for the safety of Americans (and other people around the world), George W. Bush, Richard B. Cheney and all their barking pups have the unbelievable nerve to argue with straight faces and jabbing fingers that the Democrats are the ones who want America to lose to the terrorists.
This upsidedownism and chutzpah is pounded home with the help of Foxagandists and their imitators on a daily basis.
So, today's news, which would, a few scant years ago, have had us gasping for breath and our jaws bouncing off the floor scarcely is surprising at all. The White House wants to keep detainees held in America's network of secret dungeons permanently silent about the details of their interrogations. Of course, this is ... wait for it ... all done for purposes of national security.
The government says in new court filings that those interrogation methods are now among the nation's most sensitive national security secrets and that their release -- even to the detainees' own attorneys -- "could reasonably be expected to cause extremely grave damage." Terrorists could use the information to train in counter-interrogation techniques and foil government efforts to elicit information about their methods and plots, according to government documents submitted to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Oct. 26.
The battle over legal rights for terrorism suspects detained for years in CIA prisons centers on Majid Khan, a 26-year-old former Catonsville resident who was one of 14 high-value detainees transferred in September from the "black" sites to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents many detainees at Guantanamo, is seeking emergency access to him.
The government, in trying to block lawyers' access to the 14 detainees, effectively asserts that the detainees' experiences are a secret that should never be shared with the public. ...
Joseph Margulies, a Northwestern University law professor who has represented several detainees at Guantanamo, said the prisoners "can't even say what our government did to these guys to elicit the statements that are the basis for them being held. Kafka-esque doesn't do it justice. This is 'Alice in Wonderland.' "
No shit, Mr. Margulies.
One must assume that, while this surreal but all-too-real policy is only raised for now in relation to the 14, it is actually directed at the 14,000 prisoners (or however many there actually are) held in America's global gulag. Given how eager we've seen these goons to be in dismantling the Constitution, given how very much they've always wanted everybody to shut up about their policies, just how long will it be before we hear this same line of reasoning in the case of U.S. citizens?