Monday, April 02, 2007

Habeaus Corpus, R.I.P.

Andrew Sullivan cites the views of Winston Churchill -- whom Bush followers love to trot out (manipulatively) as their prop to symbolize endless warfare -- expressed when Churchill was, as Sullivan puts it, "fighting a war against the greatest evil imaginable, when the very survival of Britain as an independent and free country was in the balance":

The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him judgement by his peers for an indefinite period, is in the highest degree odious, and is the foundation of all totalitarian governments whether Nazi or Communist.

The extent to which this current version of the Republican Party is hostile to our most basic constitutional traditions and defining political principles really cannot be overstated. They simply do not believe in them.

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