Indefinite Detention

Since Obama is a Democrat, this must be okay, right?

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close Guantanamo, has drafted an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that bypassing Congress could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.

If we’re going to detain people without trial “under the laws of war,” we should at least have an opponent that isn’t a tactic.  Otherwise, we’re setting up a system in which people can be detained for life without trial.

I think it’s pretty obvious that terrorism will never end, and that it can never be defeated.  One of the most insidious aspects of the Bush Administration’s declaration of a “War on Terrorism” was the fact that, along with the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Crime,” it further legitimized the notion that declaring “war” on abstract concepts with fluctuating meanings made sense.  Quick reminder:  it does not.  It’s ridiculous.  You might as well declare war on “hostilities.”  Or war on “evil.”  Or war on “hotdogs.”

No.  Don’t declare war on hotdogs, Mr. President.  They’re delicious.

At any rate, people of the left, please recall:  indefinite detention of “terrorism suspects” was anathema to American values under the Bush Administration.  It remains so under Obama.  Just because there’s a (D) next to his name doesn’t mean we can stop paying attention.  For the sake of consistency, democracy, liberty, and all that juicy shit (hotdogs!), do not take this one lying down.


2 responses to “Indefinite Detention

  1. You think detaining people indefinitely without even having to accuse them of a crime is a bad thing? We’re at war Tom; don’t be a commie.

    They need to pay for what someone somewhere may or may not have done.

  2. Actually, we have already declared war on hot dogs. And won. That’s why they’re so awful now. Like when we declared war on drugs and won. Now cocaine sucks.

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