The Law and Detentions

Offhand, I can’t name a single protester held indefinitely by the
 US under Bush-era terror legislation.
That is exactly why, if peaceful protesters are arrested — which
 I don’t think should be the case, but if they
 in fact are — they should have charges filed against them, an
 evidence that they pose some sort of threat, and the
 case should be made open to the public.
It’s an elementary approach to justice — inside or outside an official courtroom —
that I happen to agree with, but which our beloved government apparently does not.

Of course, the statist reactionaries can ironically exploit any ignorance regarding
 secret detentions.  After all, why criticize something that, at least on the
 surface, doesn’t appear to be happening?
But the main point is this: They can’t logically ask for secret
 detentions, then mock  us civil libertarians for not knowing all of the
 possible details of such detentions.
It is absolutely ludicrous.
But the danger is, in fact, very real.

According to Bruce Ackerman, a Yale law professor, existing torture
 legislation “authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy
 combatants, even if they have never left the United States.
 And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a
 trial by their peers or any other of the normal
protections of the Bill of Rights.”(1)

So far this trend has not really reversed. 

(1.  “A Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy?,” Mike Whitney, World Prout Assembly, October 1, 2006:
http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2006/10/a_vast_rightwin.html)

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