Hello, I’m here to defend your freedoms!
It vill not be difficult, mein Führer… excuse me… Mr. President.
Today, Mr. Padilla was being held in a high security jail at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station in South Carolina. Bush administration officials said Mr. Padilla had been declared an enemy combatant, a status that makes it easier for the government to detain him without having to bring a criminal charge that would force it disclose sensitive intelligence sources.
There was also some question as to whether there was enough evidence, absent information gathered from intelligence sources, to bring a traditional criminal prosecution that could be won in court. That meant, officials said, that the best and perhaps only realistic alternative was to turn him over to military custody in which he could be held indefinitely.
When I heard the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense cooperated effectively to place an American citizen under indefinite detention without charges in complete violation of the Constitution, I felt much safer from those who hate our freedom. God Bless America.
For further reading:
- Ex parte Merryman decision (1861), under which Executive suspension of habeas corpus during wartime is unconstitutional
- Tom Tomorrow on the convenient timing of the announcement of this month-old arrest
- GT 2001/10/01: Biff’s Back, for a commentary on civil liberties in this time of crisis
- GT 2001/09/17: Fears of Domestic Fascism