Friday, February 23, 2007

The Simpsons on trial

To the television for a brief comparison of justice in the weird world of the Simpsons and the even weirder world of George W. Bush.

I'm just watching the segment of Treehouse of Horror IV (1993) when Homer signs his soul over to the Devil (looking aptly like Ned Flanders). Homer has eaten the Faustian doughnut (not a metaphor) and his soul is now the Devil's, but a trial is requested to determine the true ownership of said soul.

The Devil complains about Americans and their persistent litigiousness, but he does give Homer due process.

Now compare Dubya's gleeful signing of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which took habeas corpus away from Guantanamo detainees and other 'enemy combatants'. This came after the Supreme Court's ruling in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld that existing military tribunals were unconstitutional.

The cartoon unwittingly anticipates and satirises the disgrace of Bush's policy: even the Devil gives people a trial.

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