blogenlust
1.03.2005

Back in the U.S. [S.R.]


As the distinguished gentlemen King of Zembla and mrgumby2u have already pointed out, this is a very bad idea.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 Washington Post reported Sunday. Citing intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials, the newspaper said the Pentagon and the CIA had asked the White House to decide on a more permanent approach for those it would not set free or turn over to courts at home or abroad. As part of a solution, the Defense Department, which holds 500 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, 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, defense officials told the newspaper.
Christ, why waste the money? We ought to just kill them, right? I mean, if we're going to completely trash the Constitution we should do so in style. Not Gulag-style, but Auschwitz-style. I'm not sure what I find more disturbing, the fact that we have the audacity to propose this, or the fact that the public is generally complicit with the idea of indefinitely detaining people with no evidence. I agree with Digby, Democrats (and everyone with a brain) need to start taking a stand on the issue of torture, and a good place to start will be the confirmation hearing for Alberto Gonzalez. I'm sure we'll be cast as treasonous scum obstructing the ascension of an (minority!) American hero. So be it. We need to draw a line somewhere, and if we can't draw it at torture, we should just give up and get in line for our chance to piss on everything this country has ever stood for. On the bright side, three cheers for people like Richard Lugar and Carl Levin, politicians willing to stand up to the notion of indefinite detainment with no evidence. They could definitely use more support, so please take a few minutes to contact your representatives and tell them they should buck up and fight this proposal.