With Liberty And Justice For All: US Secret Prisons, Then and Now: 2001-2005, 2008


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My country 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing...

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What happens when the checks and balances of our government are compromised, and justice is undermined?

What happens when the most criminally corrupt group of criminals rule with nearly complete control of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government for nearly two full Administrations, and the media fails to oppose, to challenge and to expose them?

Criminal malfeasance. Negligence. Dereliction of duty. Failure -- multiple failures: failure to uphold the law, failure to act, failure to uphold the duty and responsibility of office.

Actively undermining the just due process of the law and Constitution. Actively interfering with the proper operation of government.

War crimes.

Eight years of crimes, unaccountable to anyone and protected by the entire Republican party -- and Joe Lieberman.

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"...one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all..."

Now the news of secret prison ships is back in the news -- had everyone (in the US) forgotten about it?

It came out before, amid the dribs and drabs and faux horror at the secret prison and rendition exposure. I say "faux" horror because nothing was done to stop it. Nothing overcame the Republican then-majority. Nothing overcame the post-2005 Republican minority's braggadacio over their successful obstruction of the slim-majority Democrats.

This is what was printed then:

Here's a few choice selections from the list:

And this is what is coming out (again) now:

And let's not forget this:1

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Government lawyers told federal judges that the president can send the military into any U.S. neighborhood, capture a citizen and hold him in prison without charge, indefinitely.

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My fellow Americans, where the hell is the outrage? Where are the people demanding that these criminal leaders, who have fouled the reputation of our nation beyond anything imaginable, are removed from office -- along with all those who protect them still -- and held accountable for their crimes?

Wake up, my fellow citizens. This MUST be stopped now, before they leave office and disappear back into the woodwork. We must reject their crimes NOW, before they are allowed to leave, or anything we do afterward will simply be a token nod at the concept of the liberty and justice we once believed in and believe that we stood for as a nation.
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Footnote
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  1. Hat-tip Kagro X. The idea for this whole trip through just one small channel in the Bush Administration and their Republican slush pile of destruction, decay and corruption was generated as a response to this piece by ask.
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