Domestic spying infuriates me; unilaterally declarations of US citizens an enemy combatants strikes me as fascism; the suspension of habeas corpus and trial by jury makes my blood boil; the legalization of torture, secret overseas detention and renditions freezes it. But if all of that didn't phase you, maybe this will (via China Hearsay):
Lawyers for the US Department of Justice defended the six-year detention of Huzaifa Parhat, a Chinese Uighur Muslim, at Guantanamo Bay in oral arguments before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit April 4. The US claims Parhat is an “enemy combatant” due to his ties with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a group that calls for independence from China and was designated a terrorist organization by the US State Department in 2002. The DoJ acknowledged that Parhat did not fight against the US and that there is no evidence that he intended to do so, but said he can still be held under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Act because ETIM is affiliated with al-Qaeda.Is this the future for Taiwan Independence activists, too? Could we theoretically end up on a Chinese terrorist list, and then a Washington terrorist list, and then end up in indefinite detention?
I'm actually much less concerned about that particular point than I am about the implementation of this system in general. This is exactly the kind of society we were trying to avoid. This is the police state, the only variable being how often it wants to rear its ugly head. We need a radical reversal in our direction and powers of the government,