Friday, September 09, 2005

This is truly frightening

Just in, an appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling and ruled that the Government can continue to hold U.S. citizen Jose Padilla, accused of planning a 'dirty bomb' attack, with no charges being filed against him.

Padilla's lawyer, Andrew Patel, responded by saying, "It's a matter of how paranoid you are... What it could mean is that the president conceivably could sign a piece of paper when he has hearsay information that somebody has done something he doesn't like and send them to jail — without a hearing (or) a trial."

Keep in mind that the evidence against Padilla has never been made public, and at this point one has to wonder if they even have very much of it. We have certainly seen how the Bush administration has been willing to detain people in Iraq on flimsy or no evidence, so I wonder if the real reason they won't charge Mr. Padilla is that in fact there isn't much evidence.

That pretty much hits the nail on the head. This case now will go to the Supreme Court, and if they agree that Padilla can be held indefinitely, then it creates the way for a system of Gulags in the United States, in which shoddy or no evidence other than a baseless accusation can be used to put someone away for as long as, well, the Government wants them to be put away. And keep in mind that no matter what your political leanings are, you are a fool if you believe that no one will ever be elected President who might be tempted to abuse these powers.

5 comments:

Twisted Dog said...
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**** said...

I was just talking about this with a friend during a break at school today. I was going to do my own post tonight about how the patriots would be appalled if they knew that the "Patriot" Act of 2001 gave the President all the oppressive powers that they suffered by King George's hand.

Wait a minute...King George, 1776
...President/King George W., 2001-present?!!

Do people not realize that under this act the Bill of Rights means nothing, and that the President is currently in the same position of authority that led the Continental Congress to declare independence?

**** said...

If John Roberts publicly acknowledged that this was constitutional, then I think he just maybe could be confirmed to the Supreme Court. But we all know that's never going to happen.

Chuck said...

It's another excellent post Eli and as frightening as you say it is. What is hard to believe is the amount of damage the duh-bya neo-cons have been able to do the U.S. Constitution in such a short time.

To me, the Nazi parallels are evident- blatantly evident and certainly unchecked.

SCARY TIMES INDEED!

Lizzy said...

Eli:

I was disgusted at the remark found by The Linkmeister about the rebuilding and the removal of the poor.

The American Gulag, I remember reading that book, way back.