The Mix

Forever is a mighty long time

An appeals court ruled today that U.S. citizens can be held <i>indefinitely</i> without charges. What on earth gave them the confidence that our government would do this justly?
The decision today that any U.S. citizen can be held indefinitely and without charges would be a disaster for human rights whenever it was made. But coming at a time when the people of this country, and around the world, are rightly questioning this goverment's ability to do anything right, its particularly egregious.

The decision refers to Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who has been kept isolated on a Navy brig for over three years now. Padilla is vaguely (i.e., unofficially) charged with trying to make a dirty bomb, but the ruling makes no distinction about who is held--it could just as easily be someone who engages in nonviolent civil disobedience or someone who checks the wrong book out of the library.

By the way, did you know that a hunger strike by people stuck indefinitely at Guantanamo has entered its second month?
Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.
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