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When a Nation Detains People Without Trial…

… it tosses a person into supermaximum detention for years because he shares the same name as someone else…

more than once

… or simply because he looks like someone else in a picture.

How many times? The truth is classified.

The United States Constitution guarantees the right to challenge detention through habeas corpus. The Constitution also guarantees the right to a fair and speedy trial. But in the United States, constitutional guarantees are no longer guaranteed.

In the coming weeks, hyperinflated fears will lead to calls for further erosion of constitutional protections. Resist those calls.

3 thoughts on “When a Nation Detains People Without Trial…”

  1. Leroy says:

    One would think that at least they’d apologize, or semi-apologize, or sort of apologize… Like they did weeks after Kundoz hospital bombing / shelling.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Or parting gifts. You know, like on the Price is Right. “Yes, you’ve been kept in a gulag because of mistaken identity, and yes, we could have cleared that up right away if we gave you a trial or a full habeas corpus hearing, but today we’re sending you home with 3 months’ supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco Treat!”

      1. Dave says:

        Pat, I’ll take the brass duck for four thousand dollars.

        Jim, I think the army takes the position that they are under army rules, not citizens who have constitutional guarantees. One of these men was apparently picked up and interrogated in another country. No habeas corpus in most of the world. The links lead us to at least two sure ways to avoid unlawful detention: don’t join Al Qaida and don’t sell cars in Italy.

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