Friday, October 01, 2004

The Bush Betrayal: Chapter 12

We continue coverage of this awesome book with another small sample:

        Chapter Title: John Ashcroft, King of "Ordered Liberty"

The only paragraph I provide here contains a wicked quote from one William Blackstone:

Nothing better exemplifies "Ashcroft freedom" than the great roundup after 9/11. William Blackstone, the eighteenth-century British legal philosopher who profoundly influenced the Founding Fathers, warned, "To bereave a man of life, or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism, as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole nation; but confinement of the person, by secretly hurrying him to jail, where his sufferings are unknown or forgotten, is a less public, a less striking, and therefore a more dangerous engine of arbitrary government."8

Link to original article (and Chapter 1 - Introduction) here.

Link to previous chapter.

Chapter 13.

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