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I do hope that the current scandals regarding the Iraqi prisoner abuse are not lost on those who are supporters of the Patriot Act.

President Bush wants the power to declare any individual, whether an American citizen or not, an enemy combatant, at Bush's own discretion, and he wants to be able to hold that person for an indefinite period of time, with no charges brought, with no access to a lawyer, and with no recourse to any court, military or civilian. And their argument in favor of that is, "You can trust us not to abuse those extraordinary powers."

Well, obviously, you can't be trusted. If this isn't a textbook case for placing constitutional limits on executive power, I don't know what is.

People, be conservative if you want to. Vote Republican if you want to. But I do hope that any tendency you have for putting blind trust in the Bush Administration, or any administration, is diminished by the lessons of these events. If not, I think you've really got to question your own ability to learn from evidence presented.

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