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Dick cheney has always believed in the Unitary Executive, the Imperial Presidency. Nixon believed that he was above the law, "..if the President does it, it's legal..". This was Cheney's maxim too.
But I guess he realised that in order to implement his ideas he had to create some national ememrgency. thus it was that almost as soon as bush was elected, Cheney was stomping around trying to start wars. China, Iraq, anyone would do so long as he could pretend the US was being attacked and he could emergency powers. 9/11 was a gift to that plan.
It wasn't negligence, it was deliberate. The holding of joseph Padilla was done to demonstrate contempt for the law and they got away with it. Guantanamo was done to push the boundaries, they got away with it. FISA, the legal system being pumped full of Regent University alumni. The firing of the competent, the elevation of the ideolgical, the jailing of opponents. all done to test and extend the level of personal control Bush (and therefore Cheney) had over the system.
They now effectively ignore the requests of the Houses, because there is nothing anybody can do to impose a view upon them.
But don't think this is a novelty. Clinton did extraordinary rendition. Torture has been part and parcel of US techniques since WWII, it's just never been promoted as the more moral position before.
But while you have two political parties of pro-corporate militarist fervour, there will be no change.
keep to the Fen Causeway
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