First they came…

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

During the Bush administration I wrote a lot about the rights of suspected terrorists. Namely that they should be entitled to a fair trial and that they shouldn’t be subjected to torture. Unfortunately the good guys have lost both battles.

Whether or not we torture a suspect is a matter for debate on talk shows and,  the torturers we know about (like Bush and Cheney) have not and will never face legal consequences. Obama has made sure of it. Obama has also strengthened the idea of a multi-tiered “justice” system where the government will subject you to whatever process they think will result in a conviction. Barring that, they’ll just keep you in jail anyways.

One saving grace has been that if you were an American you weren’t likely to get caught up in the American version of The Trial. But now, citizens’ rights in jeopardy too. This insanity has to stop.