Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Cindy Sheehan Arrested for Not Breaking the Law

In George Bush's America, you can unleash the blind fury of the world's greatest war machine if you have just the merest of suspicions that someone you don't particularly like just might be up to something. It doesn't matter what the rest of the world thinks. It doesn't matter what the experts on the ground think. It doesn't even matter what your own experts think.

In George Bush's America, you get to pick and choose the portions of the constitution that apply to you. No longer do you have to depend on the judicial branch of government to make the interpretation; you can do it yourself. And, in fact, you don't even have to suffer the indignity of judicial oversight (or legislative oversight, for that matter) for the things you do. You just declare that what you do is done in the name of "The American People" to protect them from "Terror" and that makes everything O.K.

And today we learn that you can be handcuffed and hauled off to jail simply because you express an opinion that George Bush may not agree with. On January 31, 2006, Cindy Sheehan was arrested, handcuffed, and tossed into jail before George Bush's State of the Union Speech because she was wearing a shirt that questioned the war in Iraq. On February 1, the Capitol Police were said to be preparing to ask the U.S. Attorney to drop the charges against Ms. Sheehan because...

wait for it...

...they could find no rule or law that might have been violated.