For what it’s worth (to those who care) comes this catch from Andrew Sullivan:
“The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgement of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist,” – Winston Churchill, November 21, 1943, describing what is now legal and constitutional in the United States, under president Bush.
Seems like a pretty accurate description of what’s going on in Guantanamo and other secret prisons we have around the globe.
Listen, I know the arguments for and against, but I can’t help but think that holding people indefinitely without any charges is the very definition of wrong. In essence, we are holding people because we THINK they’ll commit a crime. Does that sound like a tactic that a democracy should be taking part in?