LTE: 1984, not Constitution, is now law

Regarding the headline, “Killing Americans: U.S. on uncharted ground in attack” [Oct. 1], I beg to differ. This ground has been thoroughly charted by George Orwell in his novel 1984, in which to be accused of a “thought crime” against the state is to be deemed guilty, and to be deemed guilty is to die.

True, the robotic death-squad operations that define American foreign policy are not mapped out in the Constitution, with its antiquated belief that government cannot “deprive any person [even Muslims!] of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” But now that 1984 has apparently supplanted the Constitution as our governing document, I foresee a brave new era of judicial efficiency, free of such obsolete and time-consuming concepts as “assistance of counsel,” “the right to a speedy and public trial” and decision by “an impartial jury.”

How secure we all shall be, in a world of secretive star chamber hearings and push-button executions, based on “intelligence” from the same folks who brought us the torture chambers of Abu Ghraib and the myth of Saddam’s WMD! As secure as Winston Smith at the end of 1984, when he sees the error of his rebellious ways and places his fate in the wise, loving and all-powerful hands of Big Brother.

What a brilliant counter-terrorism strategy — if the terrorists do indeed hate us because of our freedom, now there is officially little left to hate. I feel safer already.

Hugh Iglarsh, Skokie

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