Today was the day George W. Bush would sign the Military Commissions Act into law, eliminating habeas corpus for many and turning it into a mockery of itself for the rest. People can now be disappeared by the government with legal impunity on the streets of our cities, according to this law. Unless we see it overturned in court or repealed by Congress after the 7 November election, this day — 17 October 2006 — will likely be marked in history as the day that freedom died in the United States of America.
If we cannot rescue it in days to come, liberty will surely return in another form. I just hope it’s within my lifetime.