Ralph Nader: The Rule of Law or the Rule of Men?Submitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:48
Last week, the State Department reassigned the official responsible for the "diplomatic issues" pertaining to the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison. This was a telling sign that the Obama administration is abandoning its long-held but little-fought-for promise of closing that notorious facility where a majority of prisoners proved to be innocent, often victims of bounty hunters in Afghanistan during 2001 and 2002. With this new development, infinite detention has become ingrained in the woodwork of the government. The Obama administration has failed to present a viable path forward in ending this cruel and inhumane practice. As such, the military will continue to "detain" prisoners that it classifies as terrorists or supporters of terrorists without charges, without trial, and without any oversight.
Furthermore, the language used to describe this detention authorization is so broad that many argue that even American citizens are now susceptible to indefinite imprisonment. So much for habeas corpus! What does this say about the health of civil liberties in our country? The politics of fear have always sold well, but now they are selling fundamental rights and liberties of Americans citizens down the river.
The irony is that the citizens, as taxpayers, are footing the bill for this systematic breakdown of the rule of law. Recall the words of renowned broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow: "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."