Spurred by paranoia and aided by the USA Patriot Act, the Bush Administration has compiled dossiers on more than 10,000 Americans it considers political enemies and uses those files to wage war on those who disagree with its policies.
Many feel an upcoming Democrat amendment, with support from Republican rebels such as Specter, will strip this provision from the relevant legislation. If so, however, it will still be significant that the Republican majority wanted this legislation.
Is all this, Darth Cheney's insistence that the CIA should be exempt from anti-torture legislation and the administration's finding of loopholes in existing anti-torture rules for the military due to a calculated drive for a police state or to confused and paranoid mental instability?
I incline towards the latter opinion. History teaches us that, while power corrupts, giving the already corrupt great power has always led to insanity.
Muhammad Ali may be suffering from Parkinson's Disease, but he can still spot a loony when he sees one.
Update The Heretik has a compilation of required reading, all set in his own inimitable style.