What We're Up Against
It's not too often that an opportunity to see what we in the anti-war/anti-imperialist movement truly get to see what we're fighting against. The Military Trials Bill that Congress passed this week is a great example of the forces that we are fighting against here in America.
The bill itself denies "terrorism" suspects many rights that are staples of American Justice; habeus corpus, a speedy trial and the right to represent oneself. Unamious verdicts are not required either, and evidence acquired through heresay or coercion can be admitted under certain cases.
Now the fact that this bill passed is no surprise, the fact that there were several Democrats, in the Senate especially, who supported this is only further evidence of how well Bush and his media allies have managed to create a "Climate Of Fear" that has enough members of the "Opposition Party" following the "War Wagon".
There's another element here as well. The way that the "War Media" and Bush have managed to dehumanize our enemies to the point that enough Americans are conviced that they don't deserve the same protections we do. It'll be interesting to see what happens should Bush try and extend these provisions, even in a modified form, to "Domestic Dissenters".
And then there's the fact that this bill may only continue to fuel the fires of terror, which will allow Bush's "Fear Machine" to run and. . .