Another slap to the Bush dictatorship

June 12, 2007 | By | Reply More

A conservative federal appeals court harshly rebuked the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism strategy Monday, ruling that U.S. residents cannot be locked up indefinitely as “enemy combatants” without being charged.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the lone moronic dissenting vote was cast by a Bush appointee, on the bizarre rationale that American residents should be treated as guilty until proven innocent:  “Although al-Marri [the detainee] was not personally engaged in armed conflict with U.S. forces, he is the type of stealth warrior used by al-Qaeda to perpetrate terrorist acts against the United States….”  In other words, the defendant wasn’t guilty, but he was the “type of” person who might someday be guilty, so let’s toss out any Constitutional rights this person has and lock him into solitary confinement for the rest of his life with no hope of ever getting a trial.  Judge Hudson, does the word “junto” mean anything to you?


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Grumpypilgrim is a writer and management consultant living in Madison, WI. He has several scientific degrees, including a recent master’s degree from MIT. He has also held several professional career positions, none of which has been in a field in which he ever took a university course. Grumps is an avid cyclist and, for many years now, has traveled more annual miles by bicycle than by car…and he wishes more people (for the health of both themselves and our planet) would do the same. Grumps is an enthusiastic advocate of life-long learning, healthy living and political awareness. He is single, and provides a loving home for abused and abandoned bicycles. Grumpy’s email: grumpypilgrim(AT)@gmail(DOT).com [Erich’s note: Grumpy asked that his email be encrypted this way to deter spam. If you want to write to him, drop out the parentheticals in the above address].

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