Well, this is great: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/25/books.destroyed/?hpt=T1. The Defense Department has bought up thousands of copies of a new book and burned them, er destroyed them. Woohoo freedom of speech! Apparently the author–an officer in the Army Reserve–cleared it with the Reserve according to their process, but not the wider Army or DoD process. A second edition has been printed with heavy redactions. Okay, not that great, but the guy was in the army, which comes with a different set of expectations than civilians or journalists.
Then there’s this: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/09/25/secrecy/index.html, in which the Obama administration argues not only that they have the right to assassinate American citizens–citizens who don’t even have to be charged with a crime, much less indicted, much less tried, much less found guilty, much less found guilty by a jury of his peers, must less sentenced according to the law and the findings of said jury and/or a presiding judge–not only does the administration argue this, but they argue that a judge should throw out the case in which the citizen’s father has sued to prevent the US from summarily assassinating his son.
Well. I suppose let’s hope that the judge rules against the Obama administration and that the administration is forced to change their course. It’s a little bit ironic that some commentators are worried about Obama’s allegedly socialist policies leading somehow to jackbooted government thugs enforcing the Affordable Care Act, or something, when we have actual jackbooted government thugs literally authorized to assassinate an American citizen without due process. For all his expansion in executive power, Bush didn’t even do this. Let’s move the conversation from the doors marked “Socialism” and “American Taliban” to the one that says “Civil Liberties”, eh?