Saturday, November 22, 2003

Constitutional Survival. First it was the Patriot Act, Now ...

General Franks Doubts Constitution will survive WMD Attack. If the US is hit with a WMD that results in large casualty numbers, the General believes that the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.

Not exactly the encouraging sentiment we'd like to hear from a high-ranking government official. Expect this stated opinion to be muted in the very near future, if not by the general himself, then certainly by a member of The Administration. However, one has to admit based on past history (e.g., Japanese-American internment) as well as recent actions such as the Patriot Act or the routine squelching of dissent by the current administration -the man has a point.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

But then again, maybe that's the point. This is what could happen if you some don't support our war on terror. Maybe this is just an interlude in the continuing theme this administration plans to take into the 2004 election campaign.

In another revelation, with regard to the 9/11 attacks, Franks states within hours of the attacks he was given orders to prepare to root out the Taliban in Afghanistan and to capture bin Laden.

Wait a minute ... In the continuing saga of who (in the Administration) knew what and when did they know it, Franks' remarks suggest, what many already believe, the Administration has good reasons for denying unfettered access to the independent 9/11 commission. It's called a cover-up.


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