The United States government, that is, the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and the White House have agreed to redefine the Geneva Conventions and allow some torture. While they were at it, the politicians went ahead with Bush plans to hold trials without letting the defendants see the evidence against them. They also decided that the people who conduct this torture will never have to stand trial or suffer any consequences. The folly of it all is almost beyond belief.
About the only thing these people did not do was vote to eliminate the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights altogether. They are saving that for another day.
The people of the United States are allowing all this to take place in hopes that this will protect them against the next terrorist attack.
In reality, that attack just took place, in Washington, DC today. We have become our own worst enemy.
The saddest part of all is that more than 50% of the citizens of the U.S. will still fail to vote in the next election. Apathy, ignorance, and a lack of concern for what is happening in government is what led to the fall of the Roman Empire. Perhaps it is simply time for this new empire to collapse and become just another failed experiment for the history books...