Friday, April 03, 2009

Obama Would Destroy Basic Human Right

Today is Friday, 3 April 2009.

While reactionaries continue frothing at the mouth that Obama is a socialist, another reminder of how frequently he agrees with the W. Bush regime on crucial Constitutional questions.

(And by the way: why don’t the reactionaries just get it over with and proclaim that Obama is a Jew socialist who changed his name from Morrie Bamstein?)

In Federal district court in Washington yesterday, Judge John D. Bates ruled that three detainees held at the “secret” prison at the U.S. Air Force base at Bagram, Afghanistan have the right to request a civilian judge to release them under habeas corpus. “The [Obama] administration had sought to preserve Bagram as a haven where it could detain terrorism suspects beyond the reach of American courts, telling Judge Bates in February that it agreed with the Bush administration’s view that courts had no jurisdiction over detainees there.” (All quotes from citation below.)

“It is one thing to detain those captured on the surrounding battlefield at a place like Bagram, which respondents correctly maintain is in a theater of war,” the judge wrote. “It is quite another thing to apprehend people in foreign countries — far from any Afghan battlefield — and then bring them to a theater of war, where the Constitution arguably may not reach.”

Please join me in demanding that the Obama regime not appeal this ruling, and begin respecting the rule of law and fundamental human rights.

[“Judge Rules Some Prisoners at Bagram Have Right to Habeas Corpus”, by Charlie Savage, The New York Times, April 3, 2009]


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