Ten years ago today, I had this post, titled “hating bush #12232”:
The other day, Robin asked me what it was that finally pushed me over the edge with Bush. Didn't have an easy answer ... part of it is just visceral, the fear that comes when I realize these people don't even feel the need to hide what they're doing anymore ... Reagan was terrible, but at least he'd smile and pretend to be a nice grandfather type ... Bush and company just say whatever they think, unconcerned that we know what they're up to. To know what Nixon was doing, we needed the White House Tapes. To know what Bush is doing, you just turn on the news.
Section 301-306, "Terrorist Identification Database": These sections would authorize creation of a DNA database on "suspected terrorists," expansively defined to include association with suspected terrorist groups, and noncitizens suspected of certain crimes or of having supported any group designated as terrorist.
Section 501, "Expatriation of Terrorists": This provision, the drafters say, would establish that an American citizen could be expatriated "if, with the intent to relinquish his nationality, he becomes a member of, or provides material support to, a group that the United Stated has designated as a 'terrorist organization'." But whereas a citizen formerly had to state his intent to relinquish his citizenship, the new law affirms that his intent can be "inferred from conduct." Thus, engaging in the lawful activities of a group designated as a "terrorist organization" by the Attorney General could be presumptive grounds for expatriation.