The Future Has Caught Up With Us

John Derbyshire
is the

sole remaining adult
writing for National Review.
In a recent issue he noted that Aldous Huxley`s novel, 
Brave New World

published in 1932, now reads like contemporary news.
Huxley`s fearsome predictions of a 26th century world
have all come true six centuries early—in vitro
fertilization, genetically modified crops, stem-cell

promiscuous recreational sex,
the demise of marriage
and families, and the epidemic use of prescription and
illegal drugs to escape from anxiety, frustration and
disappointment. [
Period Piece
March 5th, 2007]

Alas, Franz Kafka`s novel, 
The Trial

in 1925 and George Orwell`s novel, 1984,
published in 1949, also have been turned into period
pieces by the practices of the Bush Regime.


Kafka`s novel,
Josef K. is arrested for reasons
never given, tried for an unspecified crime, and

The Trial is the model for the Bush Regime`s

Military Tribunals,
which permit execution on the
basis of hearsay, secret evidence unknown to the
defendant, or confession extracted by torture.  

For the past five years, the Bush Regime has held people
in secret prisons without warrants, charges, or access
to an attorney. Most detainees have been tortured and
abused.  Bush`s real world victims suffer from more
disorientation and hopelessness than Kafka`s character,
Josef K.

In Orwell`s 

are subjected to relentless spying.  A state or alleged
state of war is used to maintain total control over
everyone.  Lies have replaced truth, and the media
serves as propagandist for the Ministry of Truth.  The
meaning of words, such as "freedom" has been
perverted.  The attitude of 1984`s all powerful
government is "you are with us or against us."

In the United States, each member elected to the House
and Senate takes an oath to uphold the US Constitution,
as does the president and vice president.  Yet the Bush
Regime drafted and Congress passed the

Military Commissions Act,
a constitutional
monstrosity that denies the protection of law to
everyone declared, without evidence, by the executive
branch to be a

suspected terrorist or enemy combatant. 

The Military Commissions Act became law in "the land
of the free"
in 2006.  The Act strips detainees of
protections provided by the Geneva Conventions.  The Act
declares that no person "subject to trial by military
commission under this chapter may invoke the Geneva
Conventions as a source of rights."

The Act also denies detainees the protections of the US
Constitution and Bill of Rights: "No court, justice,
or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider an
application for a writ of

habeas corpus
filed by or on behalf of"
detainee.  Some language in the Act refers to detainees
as "aliens,"  but, ominously, other language does
not limit the Act`s applicability to "aliens." 

In Orwell`s novel, Winston Smith commits a

thought crime,
is arrested by the Thought Police,
and imprisoned in the Ministry of Love. Winston`s dearth
of rights under Big Brother are comparable to the
absence of rights of detainees under the Military
Commissions Act.

This dangerous legislation is the product of the same
regime that resurrected the medieval practice of torture
of prisoners and that has consistently lied about the
reasons for the wars it has initiated.   

Scholars, such as

Philip Cooper of Portland State University
, warn
that the Bush Regime is using presidential signing
statements to replace constitutional checks and balances
with elevated executive powers associated with the
unitary executive theory.

The unitary executive theory is a way to turn the US
president into Big Brother. Already Bush is replacing
Congress as the arbiter of law and the judiciary as the
arbiter of rights. The media enable his usurpation, and
the people, distracted by war and "terrorism,"
have their various forms of soma. 

Amazing but true—three novels of the early 20th century
predicted present day America.



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.