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Monday, October 05, 2009

Darkness at Noon

War is a ritual, a deadly ritual,
not the result of aggressive self-assertion,
but of self-transcending identification.
Without loyalty to tribe, church, flag or ideal,
there would be no wars

--Darkness at Noon
, Arthur Koestler


The Guantanamo Bay detention facilities remain an open sore indicting our inappropriate and illegal response to the perceived terror threat.

Undoubtedly there are some serious criminal elements which target American interests worldwide. Even so, what about the ones held at Gitmo without a glimmer of judicial relief -- either for themm or for us?

Americans expect and need a fair and equitable court system, one which offers liberty and justice for
all, no exceptions. Suspected terrorists are not beyond this concept. Liberty is applied blindly, without regard to any predispositions.

USAToday considers the Gitmo quagmire:

At the top of the list is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of 9/11. Trying him and others in the U.S. justice system could be problematic for reasons that include the inadmissibility of some evidence (because it was obtained under torture, is hearsay and so on). And what to do with anyone found not guilty? (Guantanamo Blame Game).

The last sentence is the crux of the biscuit. If one is not guilty, the answer to the question of one's legal status is axiomatic. In our legal system, if one is found not guilty, one is released from custody. What could be simpler?

A case like that of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would seem to be simple, as he is portrayed as a really bad guy. But is he really? We are all innocent until proven guilty, and trial by newspaper is not a judicial event. The proof against KSM has not been forthcoming. Evidence must follow evidentiary rules. Furthermore, torture and years spent incarcerated awaiting trial are not elements of U.S. jurisprudence.

If KSM is a bad man, then he should have been tried immediately after capture. Why wasn't he? Instead he was spirited away to secret sites and subjected to Skull and Crossbones initiation rights. Clearly, he was tortured. How could KSM ever receive a fair trial in a U.S. courtroom today?

A bigger question than what to do after these inmates are found not guilty is: How will we handle the civil suits which will most certainly arise, including denial of civil rights, illegal imprisonment and torture? Then what?

The "worst-of-the-worst" are probably being held in super-secret isolation because they know too much, rather than merely what they know. It is a big lie to say they cannot get an open trial because of national security concerns. The trials would concern 9-11-01 and the plans and related operations. This is not operational or strategic security. This is merely historical data at this point.

Ranger's solution:
Forget the trial. Let Yoo, Addington, Wolfowitz, Tenet et. al. form up a firing quad and just shoot them. Dick Cheney would be the honorary color guard. This would be done at midnight, to ensure that we stay on the Dark Side.

But seriously folks -- What progress have we seen since George Bush was replaced by Obama?

We are still up to our asses in alligators, and no one is trying to drain the swamp.

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Blogger Joe said...

Today's Headline: White House: Obama will not pull U.S. out of Afghanistan


Isn't it obvious that we have a new foreign policy?

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 6:51:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMHO, there is not a dime's worth of difference between the foreign and domestic policies of George Bush and those of our current President...and the similarities to Johnson/Nixon and Vietnam are too obvious (which probably explains why they are never mentioned in MSM).GSJ

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 9:58:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous JuniorAG said...

The lack of differences between the Rs and Ds is one of many reasons why I lean libertarian politics wise.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 12:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Serving Patriot said...


At least we don't have to worry about the civil suits because, you know, these "worst of the worst" will never be freed -- even if they gained an acquittal!

So plans our current Administration. And even when they want to close GTMO and put the unlucky few into SUPERMAX prisons (from which there has never been an escape), our good Congresscritters block the path by simply defunding (or not even funding) any closure activities.

Sad, but true. Welcome to America today. Its what we fought for, right?


Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:29:00 PM GMT-5  

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