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Hoover disliked habeas corpus, too

J. Edgar Hoover would have fit in splendidly with the Bush team. From a New York Times piece - Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950 - by Tim Weiner:

A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty.

Hoover presented the plan to Harry Truman in 1950, shortly after the Korean War started. Truman passed. I wonder how Bush and Cheney would have responded to such a proposal in the time since the Global War on Terror began?

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I'm kind of surprised that this didn't happen in the wake of 9/11. (Or did it...?) I don't think even the Bushies fully understood the power that they had at the time. Enough of the public was scared shitless and would have supported any action presented to them as being in the interests of security (see Iraq invasion). The media would have played right along and the Democrats would have looked the other way.

Just wait and see what they do after the next attack. (Iran, here we come!)

With the Russians ready to sell them surfice to air misiles and our administration looking for an excuse we could be looking at some fun times ahead. Nothing like an 11th hour war.

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