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Lockdown

Earlier this year I wrote a post about the power of lettre de cachet, and why giving this power to the president was something we really needed to do with our eyes wide open.  Here’s a perfect example of what I was talking about.

The Supreme Court won’t intervene in the odd case of two Chinese Muslims locked up by mistake at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

The men were accidentally captured as enemy combatants more than four years ago. And a judge has since ruled their detention isn’t legal, but the federal courts can’t help.

The administration doesn’t want to release them unless they leave the country, but Washington hasn’t been able to find a country to accept them. They can’t go back to China because they might be tortured or killed.

Even though the administration says they have access to rare Guantanamo luxuries like TV and soccer games, the detainees’ lawyers say their detention is still a hardship.

Four years in prison for something they didn’t do, and the court system is powerless to stop the government.  If you think America is well-served by giving this kind of unchecked power to the government there’s something seriously, seriously wrong with you.  One of the founding principles of this government was a system of checks and balances, and we have no checking or balancing here.  The president has assumed the power to imprison anyone he chooses, there is no recourse for the prisoner to get out of jail, and neither the courts nor legislature have any oversight.  That’s fucking scary.

Posted by Lee on 04/17/06 at 01:13 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • Permalink

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