Saturday, August 18, 2007

Ingsoc prevents thoughtcrime.

It's getting pretty much official, as demonstrated in the Padilla case. You don't have to actually have done anything. Just expressed a desire or an interest.

Padilla's no choirboy. But the original charge--planning a dirty bomb--you remember, the one that justified holding him in solitary confinement for three years? Never actually filed. And he expressed a desire to maim and kill on American soil. For that, he's serving a life sentence. Longer than he'd serve for actually killing someone, in some jurisdictions.

The process has turned the phrase "American justice," once a beacon to the world, into a joke.

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