Thursday, May 21, 2009

Well-nigh invulnerable

Want a pithy term for the way some people jabber on like they've got it all figured out when they need to shut the fuck up? How about "Robert Muellering." Because he's aggressively defending the treatment of terror suspects as preemptively guilty and/or subhuman just now. Just as it becomes clear that he's part of the reason America's response to 9/11 put us on the path to pariahdom. Of course he is.

"The concerns we have about individuals who may support terrorism being in the United States run from concerns about providing financing, radicalizing others," as well as "the potential for individuals undertaking attacks in the United States," Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee.

Even incarceration in a maximum-security federal penitentiary, Mueller said, does not completely eliminate "the potential for individuals undertaking attacks in the United States. All of those are relevant concerns."

In the same link, you may also note President Obama's strange belief that he can forget all that boring constitutional law jazz now that he's commander in chief. Another topic for another day. But if--as Mueller asserts--Supermax jails are insufficient for terror suspects who have never stood trial and might never do so, why don't we put all our viokent criminals on an island? Some of them have actually been proven guilty.

As of now, Mueller is being shielded by the Supreme Court--five of its justices at least. He and Ashcroft have been placed in a special class that's near-impossible to bring to account. By extension, so too have Ashcroft's successors Gonzales and Mukasey. To see just how wrong that is, read here.

Update: Just thought I'd throw in another tidbit to show why Michael Mukasey belongs on the list. Nice to know he wasn't hung up on that whole "equal protection before the law" thing.


susan said...

I've reached the point where I'm so disgusted with the narrative we're supposed to be sucking up I've pretty much disconnected. That may not be right but sometimes you just get tired of things changing only for the worse in government and the media.

Ben said...

It's hard to know what to say except, I definitely understand the feeling.