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Pakistan is in turmoil as the president (a military dictator and U.S. puppet) has suspended the Constitution in order to fight the “grave threat” posed by the “visible ascendancy in the activities of extremists and incidents of terrorist attacks”.
Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot, must be reeling; subverting the rule of law is one of the ten steps she discusses in her book of how a dictator rises to power and brings fascism to the people.
While the actions of the military dictator are predictable, they have sparked an ironic statement from the White House Press Secretary that are anything but predictable.
Asked if it’s ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism, Press Secretary Perino replied “In our opinion, no.” The irony in this case is that this administration has done exactly that which they are condemning in Pres. Musharraf.
Ironic, yes. And borderline hypocritical.