Our virtuous crusader, Senator Barack “Safe Negro” Obama, stood up for a principle this week. We at the “Safe Negro Report” hope this continues. The principle, Habeas Corpus, has been at the center of Anglo-American law for seven centuries, as explained by Senator Obama. In short, it allows terror suspects and other criminal defendants ” to effectively challenge their detention by our government.”
S. 3930 The Military Commissions act of 2006 allows our government to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely and without charge. The bill also provides for no mechanism through which detention can be challenged. On the basis of faulty intelligence and erroneous information, people have found themselves detained by our government with no recourse.
The bill is an insideous threat to international conventions which forbid torture because it allows for indefinite detention and in my mind, if passed, will help facilitate torture no matter what interrogation prohibitions happen to be written into law.
Our highest law enforcement official, Al Gonzales has proclaimed: The President has not authorized, ordered or directed in any way any activity that would transgress the standards of the torture conventions or the torture statute, or other applicable laws.
That is a boldfaced lie.
The Taguba report which examined the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq found “sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses.” Among the abuses found were:
- Threatening male detainees with rape.
- Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.
- Using military police dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack
It should be of interest to all that children under twelve have been caught up and detained by the U.S. government and its coalition partners in the “War on Terra” and that they have been severely mistreated by the same in direct contravention of international law.
Former President Jimmy Carter in his book “Our Endangered Values” states that, “…the International Red Cross, Amnesty International, and the Pentagon have gathered substantial testimony of the torture of children, confirmed by soldiers who witnessed or participated in the abuse.”
Let that sink in. We have arrogated unto ourselves the right to detain someone’s child on the basis of unprovable suspicion and subject them to torture. No wonder the majority of the world believes our President is the Devil.
In my mind, a government that cannot substantiate in a court of law its right to detain someone based on provable evidence of terrorist activity is certainly incapable of ever treating them humanely under the provisions of the geneva conventions.
Senator Obama was correct to stand up for the principle of Habeas Corpus and support the Specter Amendement to this bill. It puts him in the same league with all of his collegues running for President on the democratic side of the aisle: Bayh, Biden, Clinton, Dodd, and Kerry.
Conversely, his Republican collegues who see a president when they look in the mirror: McCain, Frist, Brownback, Hagel, and Allen, voted the opposite way;proving their ultimate unfitness for the Oval Office.