Sorry, but any legislation that the U.S. passes that strips prisoners of the right of habeus corpus amongst other things, makes me feel sick to my stomach. Whatever fancy rhetoric the U.S. government might chose to pretty this thing up, it's really no different than the language used by repressive governments throughout history and throughout the world to justify their actions. :(:(:(
Well, it has to get through the courts, and I don't think it will. I'll hang onto that thought.
This NYT leader effectively summarises everything that upsets me.
Also reminds me that there are hundreds of non-persons holed up in the U.S. base on Guantánamo Bay; will they just stay there until they die of old age (or suicide)?
(I'm always boggled by the fact that Guantánamo Bay is on Castro's Cuba – just what behind-the-scenes dealing keeps that little operation going?)
A little more before I take a break to cool down…:
It just keeps getting worse. This morning, esteemed Yale Law professor Bruce Ackerman published this fine essay in the Los Angeles Times. His lead? "Buried in the complex Senate compromise on detainee treatment is a real shocker, reaching far beyond the legal struggles about foreign terrorist suspects in the Guantanamo Bay fortress. The compromise legislation, which is racing toward the White House, authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights.
"This dangerous compromise," Professor Ackerman continued, "not only authorizes the president to seize and hold terrorists who have fought against our troops 'during an armed conflict,' it also allows him to seize anybody who has 'purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.' This grants the president enormous power over citizens and legal residents. They can be designated as enemy combatants if they have contributed money to a Middle Eastern charity, and they can be held indefinitely in a military prison."