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  •  And that is exactly what we have to do! (4+ / 0-)

    Rather than saying this:

    Do you support the rights of habeas corpus for detainees

    we have to take it to the visceral:

    Do you believe that the President should have the power to detain any person, citizen or non-citizen, for any reason whatsoever, and hold him/her in detention for life, with no possible oversight from Congress or the courts? Do you believe that the US government should use torture in interrogating people?

    Because it isn't about some faceless "them".  It's about us.

    Hat tips to MCP and aldpol for their quotes.

    Constitutional Checks and Balances: it's not just a good idea, it's the Law.

    by EeDan on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 10:01:26 AM PDT

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    •  Sounds like Louis XVI (0+ / 0-)

      who could lock people up in the Bastille indefinitely without trial simply by signing lettres de cachet.  We all know what happened to Louis.

      To quote Patrick Henry:

      "Caesar had his Brutus; Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third..."

      [interrupted by cries of "Treason! Treason!"]

      "George the Third may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it."

      Perhaps we could say that George II has his Kossacks.

      (- 4.63, - 5.18) "Orthodoxy means not thinking -- not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness" - George Orwell, 1984

      by mkfarkus on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 11:43:32 AM PDT

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