Herein lies the problem with the Bush administration’s mad rush past all semblance of “rule of law,” be that law international or of our own Constitution. The Geneva Accords were written for a reason, to forbid the abuse of any human being under the auspices of “warfare.” I find it very interesting that the same right-wing blowhards who undoubtedly were so adamant about the “rule of law” during the Clinton blow-job impeachment are now willing to cast it aside based on the word of proven liars in the Bush administration. And yes, all of you who support this ridiculous practice of labeling individuals “enemy combatants” or “unlawful combatants” as justification for stripping them of their legal rights as human beings are joining Bush and Ashcroft in pissing on the Constitution.
I don’t give a rat’s arse if every single one of the “detainees” at Guantanamo are top al Qaeda generals; holding them without any legal due process is in direct violation of the democratic principles they are supposed to despise. Wasn’t it Bush who called the “terrorists” enemies of freedom? In other words, with its behavior, the Bush administration is proving Osama bin Laden’s case. Consider a parallel situation from Little Georgie’s favorite book:
The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”
Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.
“However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.”
I don’t know about you people, but I don’t want to see the foundations of democracy threatened in an alleged attempt to protect democracy. “Destroying the village in order to save the village” didn’t work in Southeast Asia, and it won’t work here. The Bush administration’s round-up and abuse of thousands of “Middle Eastern,” “Islamic,” and “Arabic” men following the attacks of 9/11 was an unforgiveable, reactionary, and totally nonproductive measure designed to provide racist P.R. cover for the fact that the administration had failed miserably (whether by incompetence or willful neglect) to protect the nation from the attacks.
Again, without proper trials we have only the Bush administration’s word that the men held in Cuba are guilty of anything whatsoever. While it may be true in some cases, we now know that it is not true in all cases. Some of the “detainees” have already been determined to be harmless individuals who were turned in for reasons of monetary gain or political expedience. The Pentagon is only waiting for an opportunity to release them under cover of media darkness (maybe CNN and Fox News will oblige them with a flurry of Scott Peterson and Michael Jackson ‘bombshells’).
I prefer that all of these so-named terrorists be tried in the light of day, and let any ‘sensitive’ information that might jeopardize national security be kept classified. There is precedent for this. I don’t want the Bush administration to continue shyt-canning the democratic principles I hold dear in the name of my safety. Personally, I don’t believe that the safety of the U.S. public is their primary concern (look at all of the political rewards they were able to reap from 9/11!), anyway. That said, if any of you prefer (the illusion of) security over the jealous protection of liberty, then you are the craven chicken-shyts who Ben Franklin deemed to be worthy of neither. Vote for George W. Bush in 2004, you mean-spirited cowards.