“‘If legislation is presented that would restrict the president’s authority to protect Americans effectively from terrorist attack and bring terrorists to justice,’ the bill could be vetoed, the [White House] statement said.”

It really defies belief. Bush is openly telling the elected representatives of the American people that he will not allow them to put any fetters on his power to treat captives in any way he sees fit. He will not allow them to outlaw barbaric practices that stain the nation’s honor and stir hatred against its people around the world. He will not even allow them to examine the allegations. He must have a free hand — an iron hand — to do what he pleases, to whom he pleases.

Oh, how he delights in his raw power, in his brutality, this nasty little man, this vile, soul-crippled creature. How the thought of war and torture makes him strut. What have we come to? How much deeper must we fall? When and how will we ever wake up from this nightmare?

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