It was nice knowin’ ya! So long Habeas Corpus. I believe this ruling yesterday sets us back about 400 years or so. Nice Congress.
OK, you’re thinking. “That’s too bad. But it couldn’t possibly affect me, right?”
Let’s see now. Friday’s Washington Post reports: “The (law) empowers the executive branch to detain indefinitely anyone (emphasis added) it determines to have ‘purposefully and materially’ supported anti-U.S. hostilities.”
Hmmm. Could anyone mean – well — anyone? After all, it is the executive branch under this law that is entitled to pull people off the street. And with no trial required and no need to file charges, who is to say whether that executive branch would have good cause or any cause for doing so? How would we, the public, find out? There are no checks, no balances, no legal processes to be followed. We seem to have a bit of a Catch 22 here.
This much is clear. Our country stands poised to fall backwards some 65 years, when we rounded up more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans and interred them in camps simply on the basis of their heritage. More than five decades later, a chastened U.S. government paid largely symbolic reparations to those Americans in an apology for one of this country’s most shameful acts. Yet now we are setting the stage to do it again — another round-up, more camps, perhaps this time with special interrogation chambers. A remote possibility? Not if there’s another terrorist attack on our soil.
just be really glad you’re not “brown,” but it’s a slipperly slope if there ever was one. did you know there are over 800 FEMA concentration camps set up in the U.S.A.?
we are Germany in the 30’s. time for amerikkka to wake the fuck up already. this is bottom of the barrell bullshit.