The New York Times describes this editorial as “a list — which, sadly, is hardly exhaustive — of things that need to be done to reverse the unwise and lawless policies of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.” A reader emailed the link and I had to double check to make sure it was really a NYT editorial. It reads more like a Keith Olbermann rant. Here is a bit.
The Bush administration’s assault on some of the founding principles of American democracy marches onward despite the Democratic victory in the 2006 elections. The new Democratic majorities in Congress can block the sort of noxious measures that the Republican majority rubber-stamped. But preventing new assaults on civil liberties is not nearly enough.
Five years of presidential overreaching and Congressional collaboration continue to exact a high toll in human lives, America’s global reputation and the architecture of democracy. Brutality toward prisoners, and the denial of their human rights, have been institutionalized; unlawful spying on Americans continues; and the courts are being closed to legal challenges of these practices.
It will require forceful steps by this Congress to undo the damage. A few lawmakers are offering bills intended to do just that, but they are only a start. Taking on this task is a moral imperative that will show the world the United States can be tough on terrorism without sacrificing its humanity and the rule of law.The list includes action items such as “stop illegal spying,” “ban torture, really” and “ban extraordinary rendition” and ends with this:
Oh yes, and it is time to close the Guantánamo camp. It is a despicable symbol of the abuses committed by this administration (with Congress’s complicity) in the name of fighting terrorism.
If it would not be such a vast undertaking and so late at night, I might try to come up with a “must do” list of things the New York Times needs to do to stop serving the interests of the enemies of this country. I might tackle that task later when I have more time, but feel pretty certain the readers here will have compiled a comprehensive list in the comments section before I ever get around to it.