It could be that the Bush legacy will not be the Iraq war, as so many have speculated, but rather the beginning of the end of the centuries-old and nearly universally revered (at least in the west) principle of habeas corpus.
"The bill allows this president to continue torturing detainees (and possibly innocent ones). But it doesn't actually authorize the torture methods. And it doesn't formally breach Geneva. So "the program" continues in the shadows of Bush's shadow government. The truly disturbing part is that the only criterion for detaining anyone without charges - citizen or non-citizen, at home or anywhere in the world - is the president's discretion. If Rumsfeld decides you're an enemy combatant, you can be whisked away into a black hole, tortured, or have to prove your innocence in a military commission while he insists on your guilt. The "battlefield" is everywhere; and the war is endless. This is not, to put it mildly, what the founding fathers had in mind. It is one of the darkest hours for Western liberty in a very long time. And most conservatives are cheering. Watching habeas corpus go down the plughole is not something I ever thought I would have to contemplate. Well done, Osama. You won this one big time."
- Andrew Sullivan
Indeed, it is rare that western civilization experiences a moment so dark. The most despicable acts of the most despicable dictatorships in the history of the world - in particular the Soviet Union - are now, or soon will be, completely legal in the United States of America.
In the United States of America.
Even the most strident anti-American tendencies I may possess never permitted me to imagine for a second that it would ever come to this.
Stalin's ideology may not win the battle for the heart of the west, but by the looks of it, his evil is on the way to doing just that.