16 June 2006

On Guantanamo and Political Symbols

Great editorial in the
Detroit Free Press this morning:
It is past time for the United States to begin shutting down its prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. The installation has become more important as a recruiting symbol for Al Qaeda than as a component of U.S. security.
This is just one of many reasons why the base is not needed. I think the editorial says it much better than I could, but I'll add that, for all the rest of the world knows, every single allegation about abuse at Guantanamo could be true. There is no genuine civilian oversight of the base.

Discouragingly, a decision by a federal judge in Brooklyn seems to confirm the U.S. doctrine of detainment without legal justification:
U.S. District Judge John Gleeson said federal agents had the right under the law to detain the men, now deported, for up to seven months after the terror attacks while they tried to determine whether the men were terrorists or could help with criminal investigations.
These men were in the country illegally, but that's no reason to detain them for such an excessive amount of time without probable cause.

Sometimes it seems like the only people with the power to fix injustice are the ones with the least inclination to do so. :-(

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