"An old woman explains: 'Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing."
HelLO I think it's time for a refresher course in Catch 22 so we can understand exactly what the government is doing, which we are letting them do --
This isn't bad as a definition from Wikipdia:
"... much of Joseph Heller's prose in his novel 'Catch-22' is circular and repetitive, exemplifying in its form the structure of a catch-22. Heller revels in the use of paradox. Examples are 'The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likeable. In three days no one could stand him.' and 'The case against Clevinger was open and shut. The only thing missing was something to charge him with.'
"This constantly undermines the reader's understanding of the social milieu of the characters, and is key to understanding the book. An atmosphere of logical irrationality pervades the whole description of Yossarian's life in the armed forces, and indeed the entire book.
"Other forms of 'catch-22' are invoked... in the novel to justify actions. At one point, victims of harassment by military agents quote the agents as having explained one of Catch-22's most macabre and rococo provisions, and in this fashion: Catch-22 states that agents enforcing Catch-22 need not prove that Catch-22 actually contains whatever provision the accused violator is accused of violating.
"An old woman explains: 'Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.'
"Yossarian comes to realize that Catch-22 doesn't actually exist, but that because the powers that be claim it does and the world believes that it does, it nevertheless has potent effects. Indeed, because it doesn't really exist there is no way it can be repealed, undone, overthrown, or denounced. The combination of brute force with specious legalistic justification is one of the book's primary motifs."