December 31, 2006

SO IT'S A TRIVIA CONTEST?:

Worst 2006 civil liberties violations (DAHLIA LITHWICK, Dec. 31, 2006, The Washington Post)

I must confess that I love all those year-end lists of greatest movies and albums and lip glosses and tractors of the past 12 months – it’s reassuring that all human information can be wrestled into bundles of 10. In that spirit, herewith are my top 10 civil liberties nightmares of 2006.

10. Attempt to get death penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui: Long after it was clear that the hapless Frenchman was neither the “20th hijacker” nor a key plotter in the attacks of 9/11, the government pressed to execute him as a “conspirator” in those attacks. [...]

8. Bashing the media [...]

7. Slagging the courts [...]

1. Hubris


At the point where she was typing such pabulumatic offenses as "bashing" and "hubris" it would probably have been best for Ms Lithwick to just reconsider the whole column, but we should note her repetition of the obvious canard that because events prevented Zaccarias Moussaoui from getting to act as the 20th hijacker he was never part of the 9-11 plot. Willie Randolph was voted a full World Series share even though Brian Doyle replaced him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2006 9:43 AM
Comments

Jeez, what a lame list.

Posted by: pchuck at December 31, 2006 2:58 PM

Saturday Night Live had a great joke a week or 2 ago: Noting that Al Gore had declared the Iraq War to be the greatest human rights violation in US history, the faux news anchor said "The only other thing getting votes: Slavery."

Posted by: Foos at December 31, 2006 7:28 PM
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