SocraticGadfly: 1/2/05 - 1/9/05

January 06, 2005

Army investigator minimizes Gitmo

Jay Hood, the Army general tapped to investigate Guantanamo Bay detention abuse, based on FBI memos, has some preconceived notions as to how bad things really aren’t there.
Unfortunately, as the ACLU’s Anthony Romero notes, the very fact it has taken the military this long to investigate itself tells against Hood’s facile optimism.

And this bias beforehand does not bode well for the thoroughness of Hood's investigation, either.

January 02, 2005

Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth Amendments get shredded

It appears BushCo is willing to totally fold, spindle and mutilate the First Amendment in the so-called “War on Terror.”

What else can you call its alleged plans to incarcerate merely alleged terrorists for life without any due process?

Of course, this plan attempts to legally skirt the issue by having prisons, dungeons or whatever for these inmates located outside the U.S., in the home countries of these “terrorists,” and officially run by these other countries.

However, our law recognizes that individuals may be charged for aiding and abetting crimes. That includes this situation, obviously. Aiding and abetting illegal imprisonment would itself be a crime indeed.