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Great post Josh. Too many people are afraid to display their hero worship. And you picked a great hero.

Posted by Goldy | September 28, 2006 8:17 PM

Oh. My. God.



Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps

By Peter Dale Scott

A Halliburton subsidiary has just received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide "temporary detention and processing capabilities."

To date, some newspapers have worried that open-ended provisions in the contract could lead to cost overruns, such as have occurred with KBR in Iraq. A Homeland Security spokesperson has responded that this is a “contingency contract” and that conceivably no centers might be built. But almost no paper so far has discussed the possibility that detention centers could be used to detain American citizens if the Bush administration were to declare martial law.

Google it.

Posted by Andrew | September 28, 2006 8:27 PM

I don't mean to sound paranoid, but shouldn't we be looking into this whole detention center thing now that Congress has legalized torture and indefinite imprisonment?

Maybe we should start practicing our confessions...

Posted by Andrew | September 28, 2006 9:39 PM

Great. Super.

Now all I need is some right-wing whack job who hates fags to take a disliking to me, call homeland security, and accuse me of being a terrorist. I'm an immigrant, so I'll be packed off without trial, without the right to an attorney, or the right to question why I'm being detained. They can hold me... well, basically forever. My partner and my family might not even know where I've been taken: Gitmo, Syria, or some other unnamed country? I would have no right to question any of it, nor any redress. They can interrogate me and try to get me to confess to being a terrorist by waterboarding, sleep depravation, and hypothermia (none of which Bush considers to be torture). Even if 20 years from now, or 40 years from now, they decide it was all a terrible mistake, and release me, I won't be able to sue anyone, because everyone involved will be immune from prosecution. In that time, my elderly parents will probably have died, and my partner will have moved on (I might not even be able to find him), and I will have been financially ruined. Oops. So sorry. Too bad. All done to protect us in the war on terra'. Move along now.

Sound crazy? Paranoid even? Well, according to the bill the Senate passed today, every part of the above scenario will be completely legal. Welcome to Amerika, land of the formerly free.

Posted by SDA in SEA | September 28, 2006 10:06 PM

god damn you spineless democrats. I don't give a shit if a bill is "destined" to pass. you just don't fucking "peel off" and pass this shit.


Posted by seattle98104 | September 28, 2006 10:17 PM

I don't know. I bet Halliburton will take the $385 million and run off with it.

Posted by keshmeshi | September 28, 2006 11:43 PM

Please don't ignore global warming! If you bring organic snacks on the airplane it will help. Also request a biodiesel fueled jetliner for you flight. It can prevent lots of global warming.

The Stranger staff flies around a lot and you have to make sure to eat organic and use only biodiesel. The republicans are trying to ruin the earth.

Posted by Kimberly | September 29, 2006 1:52 PM

In case you thought Mc Gavick to be a moderate ---Cantwell voted against it.

McGavick said he would have supported it.

Posted by Jack | October 1, 2006 12:57 PM

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