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2008-03-21 13:54

Thinking about the Obama passport scandal today, after reading my love Glenn Greenwald on it.

To associate by public avowal your political opponents with declared mortal enemies of the commonweal, in as many ways as possible, is not only in the interest of those holding political power, but it is also, I would think, practically inevitable psychologically. After all, from the perspective of a career partisan (Bush or Cheney, for instance), the phrase “They would destroy all we stand for” fits political opponents (e.g., Democrats) as snugly as it does mortal enemies (e.g., terrorists).

It is for this reason, it seems, that those in power have difficulty resisting the urge to employ against their (relatively weaker) political opponents those organs of the state (police, military, spy agencies) designed for keeping its declared enemies at bay.

And it is for this reason that it’s crucial that the people hold the line in maintaining a powerful (“robust” is the overused word juridical writers seem to deploy here) fourth amendment.


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