Nuke It From Orbit

It’s the only way to be sure:

Attorney General Eric Holder said for the first time today onABC‘s
“This Week” that the Obama administration is open to modifying Miranda
protections to deal with the “threats that we now face.”

“The
[Miranda] system we have in place has proven to be effective,” Holder
told host Jake Tapper. “I think we also want to look and determine
whether we have the necessary flexibility—whether we have a system that
deals with situations that agents now confront. … We’re now dealing
with international terrorism. … I think we have to give serious
consideration to at least modifying that public-safety exception [to
the Miranda protections]. And that’s one of the things that I think
we’re going to be reaching out to Congress, to come up with a proposal
that is both constitutional, but that is also relevant to our times and
the threats that we now face.”

I am unclear, as I have been for the past FUCKING FOREVER, as to what problems we have now that we didn’t have twelve years ago or something, back when we decided that fuck our laws, we’re gonna beat some people up. I mean it, I’m totally confused. Is this the Internet’s fault or something? Because last I checked we’ve had terrorism for a while, and other countries have had terrorism for a while, and it’s only fairly recently that we’ve been all THE LAW IS FOR PUSSIES LET’S GO TORTURE SOME BITCHES. Did I miss a meeting here?

And you know, here’s what makes me extra crazy about this now, as opposed to when Bush did it because Bush was Bush and being a dickhead was sort of how things were gonna go no matter what: You can’t even credibly make the political expediency argument to us anymore. You can’t even tell me this is something Obama and Holder have to do because people will be outraged if they don’t. And you can’t tell me this is something Obama and Holder have to do because otherwise Republicans will call them weak on national security BECAUSE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THEY’RE DOING THAT ANYWAY, ALREADY, NO MATTER WHAT and we really haven’t learned this by now? It’s not possible. It’s the weakest possible excuse and they can’t even make THAT anymore.

So what we’re left with is … go along with the Most Hardcore Thing Ever because it’s what we’ve been doing for a while and that’s great? Is that what’s going on here?

A.

ps.UGH:

Where was Elena Kagan during all of this? Why is it seemingly
impossible to find even a single utterance from her during the last
decade regarding the radical theories of executive power the Bush
administration invoked to commit grave crimes and other abuses? It’s
possible that she said something at some point, but many hours of
research (andpublic inquiries) have revealed nothing — other than when sheendorsed the core Bush template during her Solicitor General confirmation hearing. AsAdam Liptak put it inThe New York Times when she was nominated last year for Solicitor General: “she
has provided few clues about where she stands on the great legal issues
of the day, notably the Bush administration’s broad assertions of
unilateral executive power in areas like detention, surveillance,
interrogation and rendition
.”The Boston Globe similarly pointed out that she “has had little to say
about the legal and political issues related to presidential power that
have emerged as a result of Bush’s efforts to combat terrorism.”

7 thoughts on “Nuke It From Orbit

  1. OkieBlue says:

    Why has the Constitution suddenly become so hard to read and understand? It seemed clear enough when I was in school a hundred years ago.
    Bush was easily understood. It was all about “manning up” and being the toughest SOB on the planet. Very simple minded machismo. But now, WTF?

  2. MapleStreet says:

    I’m with you. The conservatives hated Miranda when it happened (what is so hard about reading a few sentences?)
    Now the Times Square bomber got his Miranda. The repugs are going nuts. That is the so-called problem. An easier solution would be to put the repugs in a sound-proof cage.

  3. Jay Goldfarb says:

    I agree entirely. The only thing that has changed since 9-11-2001 is that politicians have become even more emboldened to brazenly seek power. I am outraged that “constitutional scholar” Obama is part of the problem.

  4. soullite says:

    To the people who say that Obama isn’t the same as Bush: Stupid is as Stupid does.
    I don’t give a shit if you think he went through some super-duper intellectual rigmarole and, more in sadness than hatred, decided he had to continue all these policies. The bottom line is that he did so. Evil isn’t something you are, it’s something you do. You don’t get a pass because you decided to be a power-mongering psychopathic ass who runs on the Democratic line instead of the Republican one.

  5. hoppy says:

    It almost looks like Obama wants to continue the process of making us a third world tinpot dictator nation. Is it possible that the most significant thing Bush did, with the most lasting effect, is to announce that he would like to be a dictator? Apparently Obama has that inclination too.
    The fools can’t seem to get that it is the Bill of Rights alone that make us the exceptional nation we used to be so proud to be.

  6. montag says:

    Ah, well, perhaps it’s because Obama has turned out to be a much bigger asshole than anyone expected.
    We all should have been prepared for that when he depicted Ronnie Raygun as a “transformational figure,” instead of as the impeachment poster boy he should have been…

  7. pansypoo says:

    ronny did transform america. into a greedy self obsessed teenager.
    rule of law only applies to DEMOCRATS. IOKIYAR. terrists need not apply.

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