After reading last night that our United States Senate has voted to let the military detain Americans indefinitely, I turned off my computer, raised my arms to the sky and said: “WTF???”
I had hoped this morning that I would read something that would calm me, and make me feel a little safer; but quite honestly, I haven’t found that little ray of sunshine anywhere.
What I’ve found is this little gem:
“The enemy is all over the world. Here at home. And when people take up arms against the United States and [are] captured within the United States, why should we not be able to use our military and intelligence community to question that person as to what they know about enemy activity?” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.
“They should not be read their Miranda Rights. They should not be given a lawyer,” Graham said. “They should be held humanely in military custody and interrogated about why they joined al Qaeda and what they were going to do to all of us.”
Again—arms raised to the sky—WTF???
Whether or not the President will veto this measure is not really what angers me, it’s the fact that these people—these human beings—thought it was perfectly OK to write such a measure which sickens me.
As Americans, my thinking is we should not be detaining anyone; citizen or non-citizen indefinitely, and most surely we shouldn’t be doing it without allowing the laws of the land that set us apart from other nations.
When we lost Habeas Corpus, we lost a part of who we were as Americans. The framers of the Constitution—these Founding Fathers that the do-gooders like to quote—believed habeas corpus was so important to who we were as a nation they placed it in the very first article of the Constitution. When the Congress of 2006 passed the Military Commissions Act they revoked the right to habeas corpus for anyone detained at Guantanamo Bay as well as for any foreigner the government detains anywhere and labels an “enemy combatant.” Just so you know, this also applies to legal residents of the United States. So, if the government labels you an “enemy combatant” you could be thrown into prison with absolutely no legal recourse.
So, it’s not enough that they’ve taken away habeas corpus already and President Obama has refused to give it back to us, the Senate now wants to make sure anyone, anywhere can be thrown into prison by the military if the powers that be deem you “the enemy,” and you would have no recourse against said imprisonment.
Just close your eyes and imagine my arms raised to the sky!!!
Remember when we let the military police America and throw all those folks into Internment Camps during WWII? Remember how that worked out? It was wrong. It’s still wrong—on any level.
I’m sad; I’m angry, and just a little frightened. Once you make exceptions for detaining some, who’s to say that that eventually there won’t be exceptions for detaining all who don’t fit whatever mold the people in power think is acceptable. People with that much power scare me, and a military that strong and powerful scares me even more. I mean, first they rounded up the Jews…