Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Hunting Of The Snark - Gitmo

“I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true.” - Lewis Clark and Court of Appeals DC Circuit may make you wonder what the heck.
With some derision for the Bush administration’s arguments, a three-judge panel said the government contended that its accusations against the detainee should be accepted as true because they had been repeated in at least three secret documents. -NYT
“This comes perilously close to suggesting that whatever the government says must be treated as true,” said the panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit."

All this about Huzaifa Parhat, a member of the ethnic Uighur Muslim minority in western China, who has been held in Gitmo for more than six years for being an enemy combatant. “Those bare facts,” the decision said, “cannot sustain the determination that Parhat is an enemy combatant.”

The DC Circuit finds BushCo to be Alice in Wonderland? This blog and my previous communications with people regarding this bunch has consistently been that just because they say so doesn't mean it is so. This man has been held for six years in nasty circumstances, longer than many manslaughter convicts on the basis of "I told you." Does any thinking person not have a problem with that?

I have no idea if this person is a nice guy or a nasty bad man and quite evidently neither did the military. On a scale of potential damage I'd put George II above this guy. The point is whatever a human being is like happens to be irrelevant unless you have some kind of proof. Just in case it has missed your notice we United States citizens were under this same "law." Where is January 20th, 2009?

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