Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Unconstitutional Detention of an American--Padillo's "Trial"


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Just before Thanksgiving, the Bush junta decides to not go to the Supreme Court to justify an obviously unconstitutional detention of an American citizen so they suddenly file charges against Padillo---years too late, and not even remotely part of the original excuse for detaining him. Arrest Bush, arrest Ashcroft, arrest Cheney. Detain them without trial. Sheesh.

From the NYT:
Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for three years as an enemy combatant suspected of plotting a "dirty bomb" attack in this country, has been indicted on charges that he conspired to "murder, kidnap and maim" people overseas.
What? Did they torture him while he was held in incommunicato for all these years, unable to talk privately with a lawyer, never commmunicating with friends or family? Huh? Since we know our government endorses and uses and justifies torture, any "confession" has to be thrown out, period.

There isn't any way shape or form this man can be put on trial for anything at this point. Holding him while trying out one thing after another? Secret witnesses he and his lawyers won't be able to cross examine or even read their "testimony"? And how much of this swill is from CIA or military tortures? Eh?

This farce has to end with the unconditional release of Mr. Padillo. You can't convict someone of plotting against America without following all those damn rules our Founding Fathers thoughfully enshrined in the Constitution so we won't live in the sort of tyranny that characterized all of Europe back then.

"The man in the iron mask" was a real person put in prison with no trial, no hearings, no lawyers and no one was allowed to visit him or talk to him or anything. He was moved from prison to prison and legends grew up around the poor man. He is the symbol of all that is hateful in tyranny and oppression.

Bush has the nerve to lecture China about freedom and prisoners. This sickening episode in bad blood diplomacy would be funny if it weren't for the fact that Americans are torturing, murdering and oppressing so many humans. Bush is a butcher dripping with blood lecturing us about vegetarianism.

I don't care what Padillo was plotting at this point. The destruction of my political powers, my civil liberties, my own life and limb, is why I call upon the pathetic remains of our so called democracy to free this man and apologize for holding him in secret, in isolation, for so long.

Free Padillo now. Period. We have no grounds for charging him with anything.

And arrest Bush. He has plotted to and carried out "kidnappings, murders and maimings."

And arrest Rumsfeld, his chief operations officer. Ditto charges.

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