DoD Prepares for Lifetime Detentions

I think this is one reason why I couldn’t sleep last night:

The Bush administration is preparing plans for possible lifetime detention of suspected terrorists, including hundreds whom the government does not have enough evidence to charge in courts. The Defense Department plans to ask the U.S. Congress for $25 million to build a 200-bed prison to hold detainees who are unlikely to ever go through a military tribunal for lack of evidence. One proposal would transfer large numbers of Afghan, Saudi and Yemeni detainees from the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center into new U.S.-built prisons in their home countries, it said.

This really is scary. Lifetime imprisonment with no charges, no conviction, no trial, no legal recourse. Nothing. Can you imagine if another country did this to American citizens? I just can’t fathom that anyone thinks this is a good idea and in accordance with any standards of morality, decency or law. But what do I know – I’m just a selfish hedonist. We’ve got prisoners off the books, secret prisons, indefinite detention, pointless warfare, torture by guards… we’ve got all the ingredients (granted, not all 14 herbs and spices).

I wonder who’s building those prisons.

5 thoughts on “DoD Prepares for Lifetime Detentions

  1. Velociman

    We cannot keep these people locked up indefinitely without evidence. I suggest we drop them back in Kabul, or Mosul, so that we can kill them properly. Just my humble opinion.

  2. Brad

    Bush is fighting two wars… the war in Iraq and the war on terror. Since no wepons of mass destruction have been found, the purpose of the war in Iraq has become to to free the Iraqi people and give them the democracy our country enjoys. Meanwhile, in the war on terror, the Bush administration is attempting to take away individual rights, freedom, and due process… the very rights we are supposedly fighting for in Iraq. Ironic, don’t ya think.

    Thanks for another year of a great Blog Andy!

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