Thursday, April 8, 2010

Gitmo In America

Yes, specifically in Illinois. The Obama administration appears to intend to reconstruct the essence of Guantanamo in the Thomson Correction Center facility, and is looking into purchasing (already has purchased?) that facility for the purpose. [UPDATE: the Pentagon is seeking $350 million as part of its Afghanistan funding to use in purchasing the facility.] As Spencer Ackerman says in the linked article,
According to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the plan to close Guantanamo in December, the facility will house detainees either convicted by military commissions or held in some form of indefinite detention without charge. To civil libertarians, that would entrench some of the most intolerable legal abuses of Guantanamo Bay in the name of ending it, rendering the shutdown of the facility Pyrrhic at best and misleading at worst. 
 Wonderful. Our own little due-process-free black hole, right in the middle of America. It gives you a warm feeling, doesn't it, thinking of all those people held indefinitely without charge or trial, without an opportunity to show their innocence... right here in the middle of what used to be America. Such a black hole would, I am certain, eventually suck all our liberties into it, no matter who we are, American citizens included (see downstream post here).

As a free and just society... we are done for. Welcome to the end of our era.

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