Tony Snow thinks such things as due process, habeas corpus, and the rule of law are for wimps. That’s what he told a reporter at yesterday’s press briefing when he was asked about the president’s goal of global democratization.
Are you saying that detaining people who are plucked off the battlefields is an assault on democracy? Are you kidding me? You’re talking about the people who were responsible for supporting the Taliban, somehow detaining them is an assault on democracy?
Uh, yeah, that’s exactly what we’re saying, because we have been going around the world for the last six years saying that we are better than they are; that we are the beacon of democracy and the rule of law. That’s why when we jail people without charge for an indefinite period of time, when we deny them access to a court of law or an attorney, or when we ship them off to other places to torture them, we make a mockery of everything we stand for.
(H/T to Spencer Ackerman at TPMmuckraker.)
Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.