Friday, December 09, 2005

How to Get Away with the State of Emergency

Getting Away with the State (of Emergency). In today's bloggence, we teach the up and coming ambitious politico-wannabees how to legally steal, lie, cheat, and yes, even murder -- and then get re-elected. Read on for this guide to the top methods of becoming a True Prince lording it over all those pathetic cowards out there! First lesson is free! Send in just $29.99 for additional lessons!

War Crimes Made Easy
By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
Tom Dispatch

How has the Bush administration gotten away with such apparently illegal acts as hiding intelligence reports from Congress, creating secret prisons, establishing death squads, kidnapping people and spiriting them across national borders, and planning unprovoked wars? Part of the answer lies in the administration's deliberate effort, initiated even before September 11, 2001, to tear down any existing legal and institutional means for preventing, exposing, or punishing violations of national and international law by American officials. . . .

{detailed essay continues at link above}


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