Sunday, January 15, 2012

Guantanamo: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The results are finally in: 92% of the individuals kept at Guantanamo are innocent of involvement with al-Quaeda. Of the grand total of 779 individuals kept there, that means that we unnecessarily destroyed 721 lives.

All you people who were so enthusiastic about Guantanamo: How do you feel about this? Are you satisfied now that you've had your pound of flesh (including that obtained by torture) from 721 innocent people?

Is that enough blood?

I suppose it isn't. After all, you're still pushing for the right to ruin more lives right here in the United States, by detaining people without trial, indefinitely. Now, not only must we detain foreigners without cause, but also U. S. citizens.

In fact, you're so afraid you'll lose that authority, that you've recently gone through the pain to pass the same authority again, via the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

At first, I wondered why you would bother, since you had the authority from the Patriot Act of 2001. But then I realized that the Patriot Act keeps having to be renewed, and it's harder and harder each time, and you're afraid it won't get renewed. So you had to put it into the NDAA as a safety measure. "Whew: Safe!"

Guantanamo isn't even a scratch. I'm sure there are now far more people detained. It's like potato chips: Once you've detained one, you just have to detain another. And another.

I'm sure there are thousands detained somewhere: But not at Guantanamo. It's just the decoy now. Like the magician waving one hand to get you to look "over there", Guantanamo is now just the show to keep people distracted.

How many thousands have you detained?

Have you moved on to detaining them for other things, yet? For drugs? For porn? For abortion? For copyright violation? For being gay? For being (shudder) liberal?

Well, even if you haven't moved on yet, I'm sure you will: I've seen into your un-American soul.

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