Thursday, May 28, 2009

In which the U.S. government adopts left wing language

Josh Meyer has an exclusive in today's LAT:
The FBI and Justice Department plan to significantly expand their role in global counter-terrorism operations, part of a U.S. policy shift that will replace a CIA-dominated system of clandestine detentions and interrogations with one built around transparent investigations and prosecutions.

Under the "global justice" initiative, which has been in the works for several months, FBI agents will have a central role in overseas counter-terrorism cases. They will expand their questioning of suspects and evidence-gathering to try to ensure that criminal prosecutions are an option, officials familiar with the effort said.

Who knows what exactly this will mean, but it sure sounds much much better than the current situation. No, we shouldn't be the world's policeman (cliche!), but if we are going to be, we should do it a bit better.

I'm stunned and intrigued, though, to see the agencies using the word "justice." I think that "justice" has been mostly a word of the left for a long time now. Sure, some on the right used it after 9/11, but I don't think it was a lot. And "global justice" -- that's unquestionably a left-wing term. And now the U.S. is going to try to use it? Weird. Could be good or bad. "Global justice" is a phrase that, to me, conjures up ideas of universal human rights, anti-colonialism, a more just trade system, and even universal jurisdiction. Of course, that's not what they're going for here.


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