Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Politics, The Constitution | Tags: Arrogance and Posturing, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poems We Learned In School
hu–bris — Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Filed under: Law, National Security, Terrorism, The Constitution | Tags: Arrogance and Posturing, Somali Terrorist, Two Months of Interrogation
Recall the pretentious posturing over the issue of the detention of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. The whole world was against our prison, and it was a blot on the character of America. Detainees were mostly innocent victims, picked up on the battlefield. We didn’t get any worthwhile intelligence by abusing them, and they all deserved a civilian trial according to our rules.
Well, unexpectedly, it turned out that Guantanamo was a model prison, followed the Geneva Conventions, and the detainees held there were — the worst of the worst. Dangerous, and all those nations that were supposedly appalled by the prison, had not the slightest interest in taking over the care of any of them. But all those secret prisons, the unaccountable interrogations, and the CIA mistreatment — the Justice Department was certainly going to look into that and prosecute all the brutal agents. Of course, unexpectedly, it turned out that there really wasn’t anything to prosecute them for and it was, unexpectedly, a big embarrassment for Attorney General Eric Holder.
Now it has been revealed that the government captured a Somali terrorism suspect in the Gulf of Aden and interrogated him for more than two months, without reading him his Miranda Rights, aboard a U.S. Navy ship before flying him this week to New York, where he has been indicted on federal charges. If he is not properly convicted, well, they’ll just figure out some other way to detain him. (Like sending him to Guantanamo?)
“What we’re seeing in this case is a government that is conflicted about the legal nature of its counterterrorism operations,” said John Sifton, a human rights attorney with extensive experience in detainee cases.
“On the one hand, it detains persons indefinitely, without access to counsel, using questionable Bush-era interpretations of the laws of war. On the other hand,” he said, “it embraces a more sophisticated approach, by indicting suspects, knowing that the Justice Department is better suited to prosecute them than the military.”…
Warsame was questioned aboard the ship because interrogators “believed that moving him to another facility would interrupt the process and risk ending the intelligence flow,” one senior administration official said.
In concert with recent unilateral form, and knowing that a fuss might be made about sending terrorists to prisons on mainland America, the White House didn’t even notify Congress that they were transferring Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame to the U.S. for trial until he was already on his way. The expected letter from 39 Republican senators has been sent to Attorney General Holder., and it is still circulating so more may sign it.
They wrote that Holder’s decision goes against all legal precedents, as Warsame is not an American citizen and was not captured on American soil. He should have been detained outside the U.S. and, if necessary, tried by military commission. “Your decision to gran this terrorist full U.S. Constitutional rights and to try him in a civilian court reverses U.S. policy and legal precedent, and adds unnecessary costs and risks to local governments and populations.
The arrogance of this administration continues to astound. But it is so “sophisticated.” They do not learn from the times they live in: they are stuck somewhere with the rhetoric of an earlier campaign, even though that train has already left the station.