Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Humanitarian Face of the State, With Fangs (Lew Rockwell)

Lew Rockwell comments on Obama's reversal on Guantanimo and says how the prisoners there are treated is a mere foreshadowing of how we will all be treated under the total state:

The glorious Barack Obama, broad-minded humanitarian universalist that he is, promised to reverse the wickedness of the Bush administration, which ran a prison camp in Guantánamo Bay and kept pictures of ruthless abuse from public view to save the face of Bush.

Bush the despot!

Obama the savior!

And sure enough, after taking office, Obama did something or other toward closing that prison camp just off our shores, along with its secret military trials and abuse. How the partisans cheered on one side and booed on the other.

Except that just the other day, Obama quietly reversed himself. Now the camps must stay. After all, there are real enemies there, the "worst of the worst." The trials will still be in secret. The military will still run them, because, you know, you just can't trust those civilian courts to arrive at the right verdict.

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