maybe it’s not the end of the united states of america

June 11th, 2007

prison camp

For a long time, I thought Sir Alec Guinness was dead. So when I found out that he’d actually died, I was kind of surprised. Maybe you’ve had that kind of experience.

So when court today, finally, decided that it’s not OK to imprison people without charging them, trying them with evidence shown to a jury of peers, and convicting them of a crime, I thought, “Oh! That’s funny! I thought that decision was already made 200 years ago!”

“To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians,” Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote, “even if the President calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country.”

“We refuse to recognize a claim to power,” Judge Motz added, “that would so alter the constitutional foundations of our Republic.”

2 Responses to “maybe it’s not the end of the united states of america”

  1. Kamm says:

    Your Alec Guinness intro is brilliant.

  2. Carrie says:

    Yes. My reaction to this was like, Oh thank G-d. And, what the heck took so long? How could they violate our rights for so long?

    As for me I have had that oh, he wasn’t dead already? thing over and over.