It Was 34 Years Ago

Today is the anniversary of the SCOTUS decision of Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark judicial opinion regarding privacy and abortion in the United States. According to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe decision, most laws against abortion violate a constitutional right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The decision overturned all state and federal laws outlawing or restricting abortion that were inconsistent with its holdings. [more at Wikipedia]

Abortions should be safe, legal and rare. — William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
[quotation corrected –ed.]

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Capitulation

The chronicling of our legalization of torture continues.

This time by the locals at Desert Beacon:

Capitulation
How ironic that we supposedly celebrated Constitution Day this month. Further, a quick look at the official web pages of Nevada Senators Reid and Ensign this morning didn’t yield mention of the capitulation of the Senate to the latest power grab by the Bush Administration.

DB couldn’t say it better, or with more conviction: “Legal Realism 101 and the McCain Capitulation” Balkinization One more fistful of power for the Bush unitary all-powerful executive, one more defeat for Constitutional government in the U.S.A.

Glenn Greenwald’s “America to legalize torture” asks where the Democratic Party is? Hiding from charges that they’re “soft on terrorists?” Greenwald predicts the same tactics will be used to enact a warrantless domestic surveillance bill.

The NYT calls it “A Bad Bargain” and the Washington Post says “The Abuse Can Continue.”

The NYU study on terrorism finds that 417 people have been charged so far with “terrorism related cases,” of those 143 were indicted, and 38 convicted, nearly all for “providing material support.” Only two have actually been convicted of terrorism. A Syracuse University study found that prosecutors felt there was insufficient evidence to pursue 9 of the 10 cases referred by the FBI. Of the four examples of WMD cases described in a Justice Department report last June: 2 were Texas survivalists nabbed with hazardous chemicals; 2 were Chinese born Americans who offered shoulder fired missiles to an FBI agent; 1 was a man in Washington who wanted to kill his wife with ricin; and, 1 was an Arizona man who tried and failed to produce ricin and settled for wearing the failed results in a vial worn as a part of a necklace. [IHT]

For this we’re creating an Imperial Presidency?

“Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.” — Langston Hughes 1938

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