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Some important Monday morning reading

theNYT.jpgYesterday’s editorial in the New York Times delivered a call to the new Democrat-led Congress to state steps in undoing the “Bush administration’s assault on some of the founding principles of American democracy.” The editorial included a laundry “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.” It notes that many of these items relate to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, “an atrocious measure pushed through Congress” last year, and something which I ranted about at the time.

First, they call for three fundamental tasks to be done: “restore habeas corpus…stop illegal spying…[and] ban torture, really.” The article goes on to on to address the shady CIA prisons, and the mess associated with the definition of “illegal enemy combatants,” military prisons and the administrations continued efforts to ignore the Geneva Convention. This Must-Do List is an important reminder of just a few of the atrocities the Bush Administration has been responsible, and is something which everyone should read (even folks who don’t agree with it, because you can’t have honest discourse with reading opinions on both side of the fence).