Dec 15

“Indefinite Detention” is no day at the beach.

“Indefinite Detention” is no day at the beach.  Well, at least it didn’t used to be.  Seems like one of the many “changes we can believe in” no includes life in prison – subject to the unfettered discretion and good graces of the executive branch – at the United States military prison in Cuba.

Of late the U.S. base at Guantanamo has been used to detain hold house mostly musloid terrorists and others who have sworn a blood oath against all things American.  Well if Mohammed (may pig excrement be upon him) can’t come to the mountain, doggone it, the United States government is going to bring a mountain of Americans to him.

Surprising as it is, Barack Hussein Obama – the beloved Commander-in-Chief of the United States military – has broken his word.  Shocking, I know.  Specifically, Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Let me give it to you in English:  The United States Government – by an exercise of it executive powers and without the constitutional safeguards of judicial review, warrants, or even a trial – did you get that: NO TRIAL – indefinitely.  That means as long as they want.  This applies to all U.S. citizens, whether you are in another country or right here.  All that must happen is that same government decides that you – yeah, you – are an enemy of the state.

While I’ve warned of this time and time again, this governmental action has forged some surprising political coalitions.  Former conservative Lindsey Graham hails the action as necessary because terrorism suspects are not like regular criminals.  Conversely, Congressman Rand Paul has observed:

detaining citizens without a court trial is not American” and that if the law passes “the terrorists have won”.  “We’re talking about American citizens who can be taken from the United States and sent to a camp at Guantánamo Bay and held indefinitely. It puts every single citizen American at risk,” he said. “Really, what security does this indefinite detention of Americans give us? The first and flawed premise, both here and in the badly named Patriot Act, is that our pre-9/11 police powers were insufficient to stop terrorism. This is simply not borne out by the facts.”

These concerns are coming not just from some perceived nutjobs on the right.  Consider a nutjob on the left (but then I repeat myself) Dianne Feinstein:

“Congress is essentially authorising the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge,” she said. “We are not a nation that locks up its citizens without charge.”

And if that’s not enough for you, consider the nutjobs from the mainstream media, like The Guardian, CBS News, their overseas counterpart, Al Jazeera.  Even the New York Times:

If you want to find out more, you can take a look at about 1500 articles on the National Defense Authorization Act.  Or you could just do the old ostrich routine and put your head in the sand, but that leaves a certain anatomical region in the air.

In any event, you might want to stock up on some sunscreen.

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    • Tom on 12/16/2011 at 11:08 am

    By all means let’s not allow federal enforcement agents to use profiling to winnow out and help to identify potential actual terrorists who actually intend to inflict harm on America and Americans. Instead, let’s ensure that the federal enforcement agents join in on the side of those who would do harm to Americans by providing the legal means for our federal agents to engage in a bit of terroristic action of their own. Who, exactly, bestowed law enforcement and the military with the aura of infallibility along with the power to make decisions about who no longer deserves to be provided with Constitutional protections? Was it “our” Congress who legislated directives to federal enforcement agents that they should exhibit the maximum possible amount of idiocy as they go about their duties to what is obviously their government but no longer ours.

    Think of one of Isaac Newton’s very important insights into the Universe in which we live: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Think that one over. It is an axiom which applies in many ways and in far-flung circumstances. When a government–which is already a huge, highly lucrative organized crime syndicate–legalizes itself becoming a terrorist organization there could be hell to pay.

    Think eviction, not secession!

    • Dick Bachert on 12/15/2011 at 8:45 pm

    “The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.”James Madison

    “To bereave a man of life, or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism, as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole nation; but confinement of the person, by secretly hurrying him to jail, where his sufferings are unknown or forgotten, is a less public, a less striking, and therefore A MORE DANGEROUS ENGINE of arbitrary government.”

    Alexander Hamilton (Federalist Paper No. 84, quoting Blackstone)

    (I have some problems with Hamilton but he got this one spot on!)

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