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An Unusually Long Emergency
How long can an emergency last and still be an emergency? Aren't emergencies by their nature necessarily of short duration? Yeah, I thought so too. Then I learned that we've been in a continuous state of emergency — hang on, make that national emergency — since September 11, 2001.
President Bush says so:
The four-year emergency continues. One wonders how we've all survived through such a long and perilous danger.
Of course, there's not really an emergency anymore. There hasn't been for years. The reason for extending this pseudo-emergency is to extend emergency government powers:
If these powers should be available even today when there isn't an emergency, legislation should be passed making them available in non-emergency situations. Or, if these powers should be restricted to real emergencies, the government should stop exercising them.
Fictional emergencies are not appropriate.
<sigh> I need a hug. Or a new government.