Even the most diehard detractors of President Bush must agree that Bush has never threatened to throw his political opponents (Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the Democratic party establishment) into a dungeon. If Bush was foolhardly enough to do such a barbarous act, he'd face impeachment, not to mention an uprising within his own party.
Alas, Malaysia is not the US. Words from Malaysia's PM (AKA 'Pak Lah') seem to be laying the groundwork to throw the ruling party's nemesis, Anwar, into the hoosegow:
PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is a threat to national security and the economy due to his lies, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
The key words here in this chilling threat are "threat to national security." The Internal Security Act is designed to let the government imprison anyone deemed this kind of 'threat'. No proof need be offered or laid before any judge or court; it only has to be asserted, and the PM has now done precisely this.
It appears that 'Pak Lah' is unhappy with the progress of the Sodomy II case against Anwar, who is the defacto leader of the politcal opposition. Additional measures are needed quickly to permanently stop Anwar from unseating BN from its half-century long position of power. With fascist powers like ISA at one's disposal, a dictatorial regime never need worry about losing elections or political opponents.
Anwar will be joining his fellow Malaysians RPK (a blogger), Teresa Kok (another Member of Parliament), the HINDRAF 5, and countless others now languishing in indefinite detention in Malaysia's gulags. As usual, Muslims tend to be the victims of the fascist impulses of other Muslims. And we are seeing this play out in Malaysia again and again.