Saturday, December 11, 2004

Guantanamo Concentration Camp

For years the Bush administration held Yaser Esam Hamdi, a United States citizen born in America, in a military prison. He was denied his Miranda Rights. He languished in prison without the right to a phone call, without the right to an attorney, without the right to anything.

Somewhere Stalin smiles.

The Supreme Court in June, ruled that a U.S. citizen cannot be held indefinitely without access to our legal system. I guess Bush needed the Supreme Court to tell him that. You would think that would be obvious. But when you get legal advice from someone who thinks that the Geneva Convention is quaint, you might come to that fascist conclusion.

In return for a promise not to sue, the Bush administration deported Mr. Hamdi to Saudi Arabia.

And now, even our ally, the British lecture us on basic human rights.

Lord Falconer, the lord chancellor,

"At the heart of our culture is a commitment to the rule of law and human rights. We could never countenance individuals being put beyond the law as has happened at Guantánamo Bay."

Close the American gulag.


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