Wednesday, November 10, 2004

A job well done!

Two members of U.S. President George W. Bush's cabinet resigned Tuesday, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Commerce Secretary Don Evans. (Cbc or NY Times)

I think the highlight is Ashcroft's words in his letter, "I take great personal satisfaction in the record which has been developed. The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved. The rule of law has been strengthened and upheld in the courts." Hmmm... let's think about this.
1) The record - The record of truly invading another country on false pretenses, denying the validity of the Geneva convention, and allowing such terrible practices to occur to your prisoners that the world can now see you as morally deviant?
2) Safety of Americans... achieved - safety from whom? There are now many more 'terrorists' seeking to harm Americans. In both Iraq and the world, the levels are rising. If anything, things are likely much worse. (but keep selling them weapons, there is no way that that will bite you in the ass).
3) The rule of law - what rule? what law? what courts? The 'Patriot' Act pretty much removed most of the utility of those words. Geneva convention was not respected. As for the court, the US has publicly rejected the notion of International Law or an International court. They must mean American courts. Everyone knows there isn't a problem with the US justice system. *eye-roll*

David Cole, a law professor at Georgetown University, said it best: "We had an attorney general who treated criticism and dissent as treason, ethnic identity as grounds for suspicion and Congressional and judicial oversight as inconvenient obstacles. He was a disaster from a civil liberties perspective but also from a national security perspective."
Congrats John! I hope they will have a nice cake for all your good work.

Oh, and apparently, a potential succesor Mr. Gonzales received some flack for a white house memo in which he called the Geneva Conventions "quaint." Aw, Human Rights are just so antiquated. Really, we're in the 21st century, isn't it time we moved away from human rights and towards freedom? Bah!

Unrelated but worthwhile.
It seems that just because you've won 6 gold medals, doesn't mean you can't endager the lives of others. Phelps, next time stay in the pool. That way you may only harm yourself.


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