Quote: “Irregular interrogation polices are illegal in the wake of this opinion — illegal, illegal, illegal.” Derek P. Jinks, University of Texas law professor, in the LA Times.
Figure of Speech: ploce (PLO-see), the emphatic repeater.
The Supreme Court ruled that President Bush’s jury-rigged Guantanamo military tribunals fall out of Constitutional bounds. But what really has the White House’s figurative panty in a twist is a passage in the majority opinion that takes all the fun out of Gitmo. The Court says that the U.S. is bound by the Geneva Convention, which forbids degrading or inhumane treatment of prisoners. Not only does the government have to try these people in real courts, it’s not allowed to torture them.
Professor Jinks dances on the policy’s grave with a ploce (“interweaving”), a general figure that repeats a word for emphasis. When used as a summary at the end of a sentence, the ploce gives a term added rhetorical power. Be careful, though. In the hands of a victor, the repetition can sound overly triumphant.
It’s enough to make a Bush staffer move to North Korea, where they show proper respect for authority.
Snappy Answer: “Good thing those secret CIA prisons don’t count.”