The circular poetry of executive power
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Ohio Senator Michael DeWineâ€™s new Terrorist Surveillance Act [PDF], introduced yesterday, reflects the new political affinity for circular logic. If you want the round-up of the legal implications, read Glenn Greenwaldâ€™s blog. But for those of you who would prefer a Friday poem, Iâ€™ve distilled the Act to its essence:
To Make Legal The Illegal
"The President determines, the President shall establish and maintain, the President determines, the President shall, what the President considers appropriate, the President shall determineâ€¦
â€¦that the surveillance is necessary
shall update a list of groups and organizations
that are subject to electronic surveillance
that there is a reasonable likelihood that the group or organization
whether it intends to engage in an act of international terrorism
whether the Program remains necessary...
The President determinesâ€¦
the President considers appropriate."
Onnesha Roychoudhuri is the Assistant editor at AlterNet.