Tuesday, June 14, 2005
So Let's Write About What's Essential
WASHINGTON, June 13 - Vice President Dick Cheney strongly defended the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday, saying that it was essential to the administration's efforts to combat terrorism and that detainees there had been treated better by the United States than they could expect to be treated "by virtually any other government on the face of the earth."END QUOTE.
So, Mr. Cheney, they should be grateful that the US alienates this time-honored principle.
Mr. Cheney dismissed those who say the prison should be shut down. "My own personal view of it is that those who are most urgently advocating that we shut down Guantánamo probably don't agree with our policies anyway," Mr. Cheney said. He said that detainees at the prison were "properly housed and properly fed," and that their medical and religious needs were being met.END QUOTE.
Properly housed & properly fed in defiance of this more important, more democratic principle.
Adherence to habeas corpus keeps us free.
Defiance or the total alienation of it leads to totalitarianism regardless of the political stripe of the government.