April 5, 2011

Split Screens: Administration Caves on Terror Trials

By juxtaposing this CNN split screen with Eric Holder’s real-time announcement that the Administration was doing a 180° and giving up on civilian terror trials on domestic soil, the Getty photograph fronting today’s NYT spells out the politics plain and clear.

Having buckled under to the fear mongers, Team Obama has bought themselves this graphic shouting out — in triplicate, yes — how the Administration has elevated Bush’s Muslim panic and the knee-jerk fears of the “evil doers” (in the loaded image of a bin Laden-evoking Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) to equal status with a confident, secure and democratic form of justice (in the symbol of the US Attorney General).

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