As far as this bill goes...I do not believe that non-citizens captured outside this country have a constitutional habeus corpus right to begin with. Whether they should have a habeus corpus right at all is a different matter entirely. On the one hand, I obviously believe in justice for all. On the other hand, they are using our freedoms against us, and I do not see the same constitutional shredding you do. I do not believe torture is justified in the way that the US has tortured. Namely, I do not believe that torture outside the super strict guidelines Dershowitz set up is justified. But I also don't think torture is per se unjustified in all instances. Not when it can lead to saving a life or many lives. It also has been employed in all American wars in the history of this country. I guess I view things differently. We are at war. When at war, you cannot afford to have full trials of enemy combatants who are caught. I cannot make it any simpler. Yes, it makes me sick that this is what is required, but war is hell. How are we going to win this war by being nice?And frankly, I don't see this as the dissolution of all civil liberties for Americans. If I did, then I would rather die than give up the civil liberties. But I simply do not see this as anything more than what goes along with being at war. The problem is that are at war with ISLAMOFASCISM. It is a very real thing. We are not at war against 'terror.' By being afraid to call the war what it is, Bush has done great harm to this country and confused its citizens. We are not at war with Islam, which is a religion with many peaceful adherants. We are at war with those who INTERPRET Islam in a warring, and those who wish to elliminate our way of life. By refusing to acknowledge the true threat we face, Bush looks like a buffoon when he says he is a 'wartime president.' War with WHAT? We cannot be at war against a TACTIC. But we can win against Islamofascism, just as we won the Cold War against Communism.This issue is being swept under the rug due to the Mark Foley stupidity, but it is one of the major issues of our times. What do you think?
Friday, October 6, 2006
The corpse of habeus corpus?
Entercenter said that he is ashamed to be American because Congress elliminated the habeus corpus right of non-citizen 'enemy combatants' and because non-combatants can now be tortured. He said that he believes this is unconstitutional and a shredding of the rule of law. You can read what he wrote right here. I am wondering what you all think on this topic. I also have a related post on this, titled 'tortured about torture.' I wrote my opinion on his blog, and I would love input on this subject! (note: a year ago I thought the opposite to how I think now on this very subject)