The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today to decide if Guantanamo POWs detainees (aka enemy combatants aka detainees) can question their detention. The U. S. Court of Appeals wussed out initially and said that since Guantanamo is on Cuban soil that it is outside their jurisdiction (though on an American military installation?).
The Administration has insisted that Guant?namo is a place where neither the U.S. Constitution nor international law applies and no court in the world has jurisdiction.
Yes. Read that again. ‘No court in the world has jurisdiction.’ Gives you goosebumps doesn’t it? No think what is going to happen when American POWs are captured and treated with the same insane theory… The big question comes down to: is it right to hold anybody indefinitely without charging them? Is it right to grant this kind of power to the White House with no possible oversight or course of correction? Does due process only apply to those we like? Do you trust the police or the intelligence agencies to be absolutely accurate that detainees don’t get access to lawyers or to legal advice?
I guess I can’t fathom why they wouldn’t. Why should anybody on this earth be denied due process? Held without being charged for anything? What kind of free country are we pretending we live in? Secret military tribunals and secret executions are symptoms for a sickness I’d rather not name and if we’re going down that road then I better book that flight to Canada.