Thursday, February 26, 2004

The BBC* reported that Guantanamo detainees may still be kept in detention, even if they are found not guilty by a military tribunal, according to Pentagon officials.

In other words, even if the government rules that they didn't do anything, the detainees will remain incarcerated.

And there still those who think anti-Americanism flourishes because foreigners hate freedom and the rule of law. If keeping people judged not guilty by the government's own invented process is part of what the president calls "a fight for freedom," then maybe I'm not in favor of that kind of 'freedom' myself.

Most galling is that the announcement that innocent detainees may remain in custody indefinitely came on the same day as the State Department issued its report on human rights around the world. I guess human rights doesn't begin at home.

You couldn't make this stuff up.

*-thank heavens for the BBC. I didn't see or hear anything about this story on CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times or NPR, though the latter did manage to find time for pieces on Martha Stewart and the resignation of the head of the National Zoo.

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