I’ve been following the News since 9/11 with a lot of concern. In any human struggle there are always three simultaneously intertwined levels in which one struggles; within one’s own mind and body, within ones own “realm” of ever wider associations, and then between those realms. I know from experience, that we are, in the long run, always more in danger from ourselves than from any outward enemy. And so I followed the news reports as they ticked off one by one with certainty that the direction they were headed was bad. First were the detentions of “enemy aliens” and of routine violations of law by people suspected of involvement with terrorism. Then there was the patriot act. Then there was Guantanamo bay. then Abu Gharaib, and now sure enough an effort is being made to declassify the memos under which these crimes were justified with justifications that even the authors would have been ashamed to present in public. For example Ashcroft wouldn’t answer questions [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25211-2004Jun8.html]related to his memo on the subject. All he will say is that the US stayed within the law. Yet it is pretty obvious that they didn’t and that this was on advice from his office [see http://news.findlaw.com/wp/docs/torture/30603wgrpt4.html].

And it all represents a sad and disgusting progression of what can only be characterized as crimes and perverse/evil behavior, “covered” with lies and secrecy. The administration cannot redefine the law to mean what they want it to mean. I hope that the courts will rule on this soon, and do the right thing. In the name of justice can you ever do injustice?

A report in the Washington Post details how these things were systematically developed and then put into practice at Abu Gharaib. Anne Applebaum details how the government developed a systematic legal “cover” for these crimes. David Cole explains a little of the historical situation.

We have to do something about this administration. We have to put Bush out of office and restore some meaning to our (is it a pretense?) belief in human rights. We have to do it by November.