Dr. Cole is right.
> The main reason is that the Bush Administration established the prison at http://www.juancole.com/2005/06/quran-splashed-with-urine-at.html
> Guantanamo in hopes of gutting the Bill of Rights. They wanted the prisoners
> there to be beyond the law, outside the framework of judiciality. They would
> have no lawyers. They would be tried only if the administration wanted to
> try them. They would be held indefinitely. They would be outside the
> framework of US law and also of the Geneval Conventions-- though Rumsfeld
> keeps slipping and calling them prisoners of war.
> Terrorists are dirty criminals who should be tried, and if found guilty,
> put away for life. Terrorists are criminals. They are not non-human, and any
> attempt to create a category of human beings to whom the protections of the
> law do not apply is an attempt to undermine the Republic. It is a *return
> of the Bill of Attainder* <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_attainder>,
> a feature of absolute monarchy that the Founding Fathers stood against. It
> is something to which *even Rehnquist is opposed.*<http://www.techlawjournal.com/glossary/legal/attainder.htm>
> Once it was established that these Muslims could be treated in this way,
> Bush would be a sort of absolute monarch over all such detainees (remember
> that some of them might be innocent for all we know) And then gradually
> others could be added to the category of the "rights-less." The Patriot Act
> II envisages stripping Americans of their citizenship for supporting
> terrorist organizations. Without citizenship, they would not be afforded the
> protections of the Constitution. And gradually, in this way, the American
> nationalist Right would be able to circumscribe that pesky Bill of Rights,
> which so interferes with Executive (i.e. Royal) Privilege. The legal minds
> on the American Right have clearly been annoyed with the Bill of Rights for
> some time and the speed with which they foisted the so-called PATRIOT Act
> (makes it kinda hard to oppose, calling it that, huh?) on an unwary
> Congress, which had no time to read it, suggests that they had a lot of
> these ideas on the shelf ready to go.
> Guantanamo Prison should be closed because it was conceived as the
> beginning of the end of the American Republic.
Why would REAL AMERICANS support the Patriot Act, taking away our freedoms -
our liberties, unless they were scared s**tless and knew that never in a
million years would it apply to them or their friends.
9/11 changed nothing. There have always been fanatics of all stripes. There
have always been those who want to take away our freedoms and make a few
dollars on the side. Just for a little while they were able to take
advantage of a greater number of scared s**tless people demanding protection
from those different-skinned, different-beliefs, others.
-- Gary Denton
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