Olberman’s Special Comment: Death of Habeas Corpus: “Your words are lies, Sir.”

Crooks and Liars has the video and transcript.

Therefore, tonight, have we truly become, the inheritors of our American legacy. For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

And lastly, as promised, a Special Comment tonight on the signing of the Military Commissions Act and the loss of Habeas Corpus.

We have lived as if in a trance.

We have lived… as people in fear.

And now — our rights and our freedoms in peril — we slowly awake to learn that we have been afraid… of the wrong thing.

Therefore, tonight, have we truly become, the inheritors of our American legacy.

For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.

Update:

The video is up on YouTube for those who don’t feel like downloading it from CnL.

15 Comments

  1. What a long-winded load of uncontrolled hyperbole. Knowing what Olberman’s politics are, methinks that if the prez had a (D) after his name, Mr. Olberman would have ignored the Military Commissions Act. To infer that it will be just as bad as the Japanese internment or the Espionage Act is plain old intellectual dishonesty mired in blind partisanism.

    Lest he forget who gave us the Espionage Act and the Japanese internment: Democrats.

  2. It is easy to mock him as speaking

    but surely you are just trying to shoot the messenger here, Dave, and not making any honest attempt to deal with the substance of what Olbermann is saying.
    Is he right? Or is he wrong?
    It seems to me to be very plain speaking about a very obvious situation.
    Very clear. Very succinct. Very hard for some people to accept.

  3. Sorry for the formatting mess! Start again:

    It is easy to mock him as speaking (Quote:) “a long-winded load of uncontrolled hyperbole”, but surely you are just trying to shoot the messenger here, Dave, and not making any honest attempt to deal with the substance of what Olbermann is saying.
    Is he right? Or is he wrong?
    It seems to me to be very plain speaking about a very obvious situation.
    Very clear. Very succinct. Very hard for some people to accept.

  4. what is amazing to me is “the long yawn” held by USA’ns over the Military Commissions Act. As if Dancing with the Stars were enough of a sugar-tit for the dumb-downed ones… which appears to be MOST americans.

    I think most Americans hear about this and think “it can’t be that bad… they wouldn’t DO that in America… etc. etc.”.

    Well, it is that bad. And, it’s pretty much too late now to do anything about it (unless the supreme court WAKES UP from it’s long doze).

    And, I’d have to say… Dave, to say that this trip down history lane was “partisan” is pretty damn funny. Thanks for the guffals.

  5. This man hits it on the mark every time. What does it matter if those previous presidents were democrats or republicans? Its the issue at hand that matters. If Bush was a democrat Olberman would have said the exact same thing.

  6. The point I was trying to make: Olberman is a blind partisan. You can’t trust those types for reasoned, informed analysis.

    I decry every law that can erode liberties. It’s one reason I don’t belong to either the “Left” or the “Right”. I see bad behavior from both sides. The Left erodes economic liberties, the Right erodes personal liberties. Both sides ignore their own transgressions while ranting at the other side. What’s the difference between Olberman and Hannity? They’re opposite sides of the same coin.

    What I do know is that something needed to be done with the captured terrorists. They occupy a gray area, they’re not U.S. citizens nor are they recognizable as members of a foreign military. That the U.S. recognizes this and has, after input and debate from all branches of government, made a new law to deal with these people is an example of something only civilized countries do. The rights given to terrorists under this new law is certainly more than the terrorists afford their innocent victims. Anyone who questions that should watch the Nicholas Berg decapitation and see what rights those subhumans afforded him.

  7. Dave, are you saying that we should look to our enemies for direction about how we should conduct our own government affairs and treatment of detainees? Do you mean that as long as we are not quite as brutal and not quite as unfair as they are that that is somehow living up to what America is supposed to be about? They are a decentralized rabbel living in a world of violent extreamesim and violence. We are, austensibly, a highly developed and civilized society. Are you suggesting that as long as we don’t start decapitating detainees, we’re still the good guys? Yes, we did need to resolve the legal status and rights of detained non-citizens. A law was needed but definitely not this law. It has struck the heart of all American’s civil liberties and fundamental human rights, including those of native born Americans. Olberman is amazingly concise and blunt in his comments. Criticize him all you want but can you poke any holes in the statement he made? I love the things this guys says. It’s hard to believe that he started out as a sportscaster.

  8. I didn’t catch him explicitly blaming republicans – actually, not even mentioning that its their fault.
    I saw him speaking about the crazy stuff that is going on in US and who is responsible for it.
    Am I wrong??

  9. What a long-winded load of uncontrolled hyperbole. Knowing what Olberman’s politics are, methinks that if the prez had a (D) after his name, Mr. Olberman would have ignored the Military Commissions Act. To infer that it will be just as bad as the Japanese internment or the Espionage Act is plain old intellectual dishonesty mired in blind partisanism.

    Lest he forget who gave us the Espionage Act and the Japanese internment: Democrats.

    I didn’t catch him explicitly blaming republicans – actually, not even mentioning that its their fault.
    I saw him speaking about the crazy stuff that is going on in US and who is responsible for it.
    Am I wrong??

  10. What a long-winded load of uncontrolled hyperbole. Knowing what Olberman’s politics are, methinks that if the prez had a (D) after his name, Mr. Olberman would have ignored the Military Commissions Act. To infer that it will be just as bad as the Japanese internment or the Espionage Act is plain old intellectual dishonesty mired in blind partisanism.

    Lest he forget who gave us the Espionage Act and the Japanese internment: Democrats.

    I didn’t catch him explicitly blaming republicans – actually, not even mentioning that its their fault.
    I saw him speaking about the crazy stuff that is going on in US and who is responsible for it.
    Am I wrong??

  11. Dave is an idiot. We have a responsibility to be vigilant and proactive in this country, if we are to preserve what vestiges remain of Democracy. We have seen our dear president go from bad president to trainwreck. The time for ignoring the fact that the Republicans and the current administration seem hell-bent to curtail American’s civil liberties and fundamental human rights, is long past. We have to be honest with ourselves and see clearly that the political leadership of this country is leading us to hell. How can we even begin to stop this insanity if we aren’t even prepared to acknowledge it. ’nuff said.

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