Farewell to the Magna Carta (and the Constitution)

I haven't been paying much attention to politics, but the internet informs me that Congress has just passed a bill which allows the US Govt. to declare any citizen a terrorist, lock them up without proof, deny them judicial review, deny them a trial by jury, and torture them. A crazy amendment to add the explicit Constitutional right of habeas corpus was shot down 51-48.

Which means that this bill removes a right which has been around since King John granted it at Runnymede on June 15, 1215. Congress (we can't just blame Bush and his cronies for this one) has just taken an 800-year step backwards. Given that, as my friend Curtis says, this law "violates the word and the spirit of the Constitution (see, at a minimum, article 1 section 9 paragraph 2; amendments 5, 6, 7 and 8, at a minimum; and disregards the Geneva convention, as a sort of side-note)", I sure hope the Supreme Court does as it ought. Which is to rip this bill into little pieces and then eat those pieces and then shit them out and then take the shit covered little pieces and burn them in a giant turd-n-paper pile, sending this bill to a fiery death amidst flames which smell foul yet are far fairer than it.

Perhaps I'm overreacting, but it appears that this law, if upheld, us a significant step towards a dystopic police state where we live in fear of being picked up "for questioning" and never being seen again. If I was a bachelor, I might balance the chance of being buried behind a federal detention camp against the fun of armed resistance, spending my nights and weekends executing daring plots to kill the oppressors, and figure I'd at least end up having a good time during my (perhaps brief) life under dystopia. But such scenarios are for the silver screen, not real life, and as a family man, they no longer bear even an ironic appeal. So let's not go there. Please?

I guess it's about time to go re-read Unintended Consequences, and immerse myself in that hopeless unrealistic but delightfully macho male anti-government revenge fantasy. While I'm at it, I might as well pick up some more libertarian escapism...surfing....Ok, I'm ordering Kings of the High Frontier, Atlantis, RebelFire, and The Justice Cooperative. Kinda cool that there are so many books in such an obscure genre. Sad that we need them. Sigh.

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