I can hardly believe that Americans are even "debating" the need to stop all forms of torture in secret U.S. prisons. It is beyond my wildest dreams that the Bush Administration would eliminate habeas corpus (the right to seek relief from unlawful imprisonment) for anyone in United States custody. An editorial in the New York Times lists these two items along with the need to stop illegal spying, close CIA concentration camps, stop disappearing people, and quit arbitrarily deciding a person is no longer a human being but rather an enemy combatant with no rights whatsoever. The list does not stop there. The author asks that we ban the use of tainted evidence, stop calling every single vital piece of evidence "classified", and respect a person's right to an attorney. It begins to sound like this country is being run by Caligula or Josef Stalin rather than democratically-elected leaders.
Now we learn that Republican New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici violated Congressional Ethics rules by calling US Attorney David Iglesias to pressure him about a case against a Democrat. Domenici has served in the Senate since 1972. He knows the ethics rules perhaps better than most senators. He knowingly violated them and continued to pressure the Attorney General to fire Iglesias.
This same scenario has been repeated with 7 other US Attorneys, all fired in a political vendetta deeply rooted, where else?, in the Bush White House. It seems that if any Republican politician calls Alberto Gonzalez they get exactly what they want. This is not justice, this is deeply-rooted corruption throughout the entire U.S. Justice Department, rule by thugs working in torture chambers.
In the same way that U.S. military veterans cannot get proper care because of a corrupt Veterans Administration, U.S. citizens can no longer expect a fair trial. U.S. citizens can no longer expect prompt relief after a major disaster. U.S. soldiers cannot expect to be given the right equipment prior to going into battle. Young men serving as volunteers in the U.S. House of Representatives cannot be sure they will not be molested. People accused of a crime cannot present evidence to the contrary. People around the world cannot be sure that the U.S. will not suddenly invade their country and foment civil war. Finally, no one can be certain that George W. Bush will not suddenly call for their disappearance and torture.
What a great and glorious nation these so-called "leaders" have torn down and stamped upon. We have become our own worst enemy. The terrorists have won simply because the citizens of this country are too afraid to stand up for what they know in their hearts is the right thing to do. It will not be long before the world witnesses the collapse of the United States and all it once stood for.