29 September 2006

The Senate votes against human rights

Yesterday, as feared, the U.S. Senate passed a detainee treatment bill that undermines some of this nation's most cherished and basic values, such as habeas corpus rights. [Read story.]

Here's what this means:

The U.S. has thumbed its nose at international law.

The U.S. can no longer call itself a protector of human rights.

The U.S. can no longer claim to stand for freedom, liberty, and the rule of law.

The U.S. can no longer claim the moral high ground in any sense.

And the measures are now in place to defend the Bush administration from any accountability for its egregious behavior in case the Congressional party makeup shifs to the left with this November's elections.

Political power grabs have trumped the U.S. Constitution.

We're now officially the kind of outlaw rogue nation that we used to criticize.

[See how your senators voted.]

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