We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There are more than two defense attorneys for each Guantanamo detainee, many from the US’ most prestigious law firms providing free services.Have they accomplished an extended rule of law, or have they degraded it?They’ve tied the US in legalistic knots, delaying justice, defamed the US before the world, and reduced respect or fear of penalty for those who terrorize and seek our destruction.
The enemies of Bush and Gitmo have succeeded brilliantly. But in so doing, they have done grave violence to the truth about the Guantánamo Bay facility, have aided in the release of prisoners who have since committed acts of terrorism outside the United States, and may yet succeed in having Barack Obama’s government release young men with terrifying ambitions for murder and mass destruction onto the soil of the United States.
I just started reading my friend Gordon Cucullu’s intensive first-hand study of Inside Gitmo. (Cucullu also has a website about the matter.)
As Cucullu says, read the truth and decide for yourself whether Gitmo has been and is the right way to deal with enemies sworn to murder and to abet our downfall.
The Gitmo detainees have able counsel from our lawyers, and liberal allies in our and the world’s media, to trumpet manufactured or exaggerated grievances, claims and rights.But, you are really the jury. Herman sums up for you: “the entire Gitmo myth…was constructed to ruin the Bush administration and blacken the reputation of the United States.”They got what they wanted, and now “However, human-rights groups and lawyers are just getting warmed up. They are now laying the ground for a similar legal assault on the American detention center at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, which they call Gitmo with a different zip code.”
Military defense attorneys are one thing - a JAG has a duty to do what he or she is told. Young jackasses electing to represent people sworn to wipe out the West, the U.S. and post-Enlightenment thought and philosophy are marked. I have a persuasive say in attorney hiring and firing, and nobody with even a hint of having done that work will ever be hired in my (200+) workplace, so long as I work there.
Back in the days when I flirted with criminal defense law, I defended some pretty bad people, including rapists, robbers, gang bangers, and a deranged chap who, no doubt about it, committed one of the most brutal multiple murders you could possibly imagine. Just horrifying. But none of them clung to our enemies. I'd be interested to know what The Barrister thinks of my vindictive position.