Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Lawless Executive

Two important posts on Andrew Sullivan's blog today (here and here) occasioned by Jane Mayer's New Yorker article about the abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody.

This needs to be on the front burner of the national agenda, now. Money quote:
In short: we have a lawless executive, consciously and with pre-meditation dedicated to the practice of torturing and abusing detainees. Their motives might be decent: they were doing all they thought they should to protect the country; and they still are. But I repeat: we have a lawless executive, consciously and with pre-meditation dedicated to the practice of torture.
The perpetrators and enablers of these policies will undoubtedly call people who raise a fuss unpatriotic. The truth is, it would be unpatriotic not to raise a fuss.
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