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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Chertoff and Civil Liberties

So, President Bush has chosen as Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, a judge of the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

It is not his judgeship that defines him. It is that he ranked third in the Ashcroft Justice Department. In that position he showed a notable impatience with the Bill of Rights as he crafted the hardline reponse to 9/11. He was responsible for most features and provisions of the Patriot Act. Terrorism became the enemy, and all things were permitted to fight it.

With Gonzales at Justice and Chertoff at Homeland Security, the forces that support torture and want the Bill of Rights short-circuited will be in command in the Bush Administration. All in the name of counter-terrorism!

And don't relax. Chertoff, after a year or so in office, will be a perfect candidate for nomination to the US Supreme Court, after Gonzales becomes Chief Justice!

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