Since when are American citizens not entitled to their basic civil rights? Even Timothy McVeigh and Charles Manson got a fair trail. The concept of rights implies that everybody has them, otherwise they are worthless. Read it then continue on…. Do it!!

Jose Padilla: Convicted without a hearing written by Scott Turow. You know, the lawyer writer guy? Via metafilter.

This just pisses me off. I’ve been laying off the political stuff lately because if I want to write about it, I want to research it and provide links and citations and blah blah blah. When I try to do this I just end up getting pissed off even more and then depressed and say sod it. The whole thing with Abu Ghraib made me real depressed. Most of the guards involved there are kids younger than me. I probably would not have thought twice about hanging out and grabbing a beer with some of them if I were to have met them before this ordeal. Depressing. I had written a bunch more but it just turned into an incoherent rambling diatribe. So I removed it from the entry and saved it to a little AshcroftSucksAss.txt file on my hard drive.