Legalized Torture and The Death of The Rights of The Accused…American Style

Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things: “The provisions of Bush’s new torture law mean that Americans have lost the key, constitutional right on which Anglo-American criminal law (and criminal-law procedures in true democracies in general) is founded; that’s the basic right of an individual to know why he or she is being apprehended and detained. Now, technically, as in Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hitler’s Germany, Mao’s China or Pol Pot’s Cambodia, anyone labeled an ‘enemy combatant’ – again, by whom; by Bush? – can be whisked away and never heard from again. That kind of authority, in the hands of corrupt or untruthful politicians, may or may not be an effective tool in some kind of ‘war on terror,’ but it certainly can be a useful tool when it comes to silencing their opponents.”