U.S. considering lifetime terror-suspect detentions.

From the you-have-got-to-be-fucking-kidding-me department comes word that the Bush administration is kicking around ideas on possibly detaining terror-suspects for life even if they don’t have enough evidence to ever file charges in court:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration is preparing plans for possible lifetime detention of suspected terrorists, including hundreds whom the government does not have enough evidence to charge in courts, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Citing intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials, the newspaper said the Pentagon and the CIA had asked the White House to decide on a more permanent approach for those it would not set free or turn over to courts at home or abroad.

As part of a solution, the Defense Department, which holds 500 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, plans to ask the U.S. Congress for $25 million to build a 200-bed prison to hold detainees who are unlikely to ever go through a military tribunal for lack of evidence, defense officials told the newspaper.

The new prison, dubbed Camp 6, would allow inmates more comfort and freedom than they have now, and would be designed for prisoners the government believes have no more intelligence to share, The Post said.

Stop and think about that for a moment: We’re talking about being imprisoned for the rest of your natural life, with no legal recourse, without going to trial, or ever being charged with a crime, simply because the U.S. Government thinks you might be a terrorist. I’m stunned that anyone could possibly rationalize this as being even remotely legal under U.S. or International Law.

You there! You look like a terrorist! Where’s your I LUV GEORGIE bumper sticker? Aren’t you a God-fearing patriotic American? Don’t lie to the U.S. Government! You’re a terrorist and we know it! Now get in the truck or we’ll shoot your ass! Lawyer? Whahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

12 thoughts on “U.S. considering lifetime terror-suspect detentions.

  1. Welcome to the ranks of the pleasant ‘junta’ regimes of the likes of military Argentinia, Peru, Spain…

    The US is now OFFICIALLY in the business of ‘dissappearing’ people.

    One does wonder why they are so stupid to act that openly in the first place. Can’t they see that they are adding to the Guantanamo perception every day?

    I think those prisoners are actually going to go free in a couple years, whenever sanity returns to the administration (well, not to THIS administration). But the propaganda damage will stay for a generation.

  2. And this is why the whole Gauntonomo bay think upsets me so much. Not because I think people are being tortured in there (though that may be happening) or because I believe all these guys are innocent, the Australian terror suspect David Hicks looks as guilty as sin, I still object to him being held there without trial.

    The fact is that this is a dangerous precedent, if terror suspects can be held indefinatly for lack of evidence, then why not suspected thieves, murderers, rapists and tax evaders?

    Once you allow the government to detain indefinatly one type of suspected criminal without charge, you’ve just lost the founding principle of a decent society, it being “you are innocent until proven guilty”.

  3. Bush reminds me of Bowser.

    I cannot wait till I am 18 so I can move to Ireland. Sure, the weather sucks but Christ it’s better than the possiblity of being imprisoned for the rest of your life for dissent.

  4. Hey, the weather in Ireland isn’t that bad.  You can get a sunburn in Ireland.  I should know.

  5. The hell.  Those bastards think they can get away with it.  Hell, if they chose to, they can lock up the entire country in prison for the rest of their lives cuz they say so.

    Lousy government.

  6. Camp 6 sounds like it came from the movies.  What about 1-5?  Where are they?

    Seriously, with the fucked up we-don’t-have-to-tell-you-what-you’re-being-arrested-for with terror suspects, they could snatch somebody up and lock them away for life, never knowing what they are suspected of.

    I have never understood the purpose of not telling someone picked up on supsicion of terrorism what they’re being arrested for.

  7. Bush has done it again.  Locking up suspected terrorists for life, because there’s not enough evidence to convict them?  What an incredible waste- of money.  I say just waste them.  No fuss, no muss.  And it will show the rest of the terrorists that we mean business.  Yessir, those Muslims would soon be kowtowing to a different tune, Burger King could expand to Teheran, and everyone would be happy!

  8. “Long Term Solution” or …

    Don’t need a cure
    Need a final solution
    Buy me a ticket to a sonic reduction
    Guitars gonna sound like a nuclear destruction
    Seems I’m a victim of natural selection
    Meet me on the other side, another direction
    Don’t need a cure
    Need a final solution

    Pere Ubu – Final Solution (covered by Peter Murphy)

    This is what the “long term solution” sounds like to me… a “Final Solutionesque” way of dealing with anyone we don’t like terrorists.

    Line em up … take a nice shower ok Mr. Terrorism Suspect … then all will be ok…

    Seriously, if this crap is allowed, IMO we are a step away from the return of “interment” camps, then what? Keeping all them “suspects” locked up will get expensive after a bit… if they ain’t getting out.. yeah, lets just kill them all…

    Gyah! Watch as the slope gets greased.

  9. This is what happens when the White House uses the “scholarship” of Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe, Tim LaHaye, Michael D. Evans, Daniel Pipes, etc. to form the basis of the nation’s foreign policy and the military strategy/tactics for the apocalypse war on terror. downer

  10. I emailed my congressman and senator just to let them know in no uncertain terms what I think about these plans. I’m not to worried though Bush will be gone in four years and if history is any example another more reasonable administration will come along and, I pray, change the rules back to where they should be so that this madness will never happen again. We just can’t forget to occaisionally remind our elected represenitives that we are paying attention.

  11. The current administration has severed the last thread of American civil liberty.  This is not only a defining moment in American History, but in the history of Representative Democracy itself.  The full impact of these actions can only be fully told with time.

                —Commander Puffin

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