American Gulag

Prison, by Wojtek Kozak

When President Obama signs the new defense authorization bill, it will, according to various reports, enable the government to abduct and indefinitely incarcerate any American thought to be a terrorist. We will have rights equal to the prisoners in our (still open) prison on Guantanamo.

Question: treason is defined as the act of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government. Is there a word for legalizing the destruction of the principles on which a country is founded and under which a sovereign rules?

Goodbye Posse Comitatus. I’ll say one thing: under Bush and Obama, we are learning a lot more legal Latin – Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus, and now, Posse Comitatus – as each is excised from our lexicon.

For those who think Obama was threatening a veto of the NDAA because he was worried about the indefinite detention components, you must watch this video from Rachel Maddow. Indefinite detention Was His Idea. Having the military arrest US citizens on US soil Was His Idea.

But, you know, I’m sure Obama is better, in some way, than any of the Republican candidates, so we should re-elect him and give him Four More Years!

Chateau d'If

The Bastille

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