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by Jim Hightower
A Regime of
The BushCheney Regime
asserts that the hundreds of captives it has stashed in the
military prisons of Guantanamo Bay have no legal rights, because "these
are terrorists." Donnie Rumsfeld
proclaimed the Gitmo prisoners to be "the
worst of the worst."
So, nearly 500 of them
are still there, not by the authority of law, but by the autocratic
dictate of Bush's imperial presidency. Swept up four years ago, the prisoners
are being held indefinitely, with practically no access to lawyers and
with no right to appeal their incarceration. It violates the U.S. Constitution
and international law – but, what the hell, they're terrorists, right?
Well, some are, but
it's now been revealed that a shameful number of these disappeared
ones have no connection whatsoever to terrorism. The Bushites know this,
but still hold them.
Abdur Sayed Rahman, a Pakistani villager who was taken from his small farm
2002 and dumped into Guantanamo, accused of having been the deputy foreign
of the deposed Taliban government.
That Taliban official, however, is named
Abdur Zahid Rahman. This poor
captive, who's been kept locked up for four
years says, "I am only a chicken farmer in Pakistan."
Then there's an Afghan
who denies being the former Taliban governor of a
there. He asked military officials
at Guantanamo to contact the
governor of that province to verify his innocence. In a grotesque
of Catch 22, however, the military said it's up to the prisoner
such evidence. Excuse me, said the
Afghan, but I'm held incommunicado in a
U.S. cell in Cuba and not allowed to make calls. To which our military official
said, "Write to them." He then
ruled that the Afghan could not have his
case reviewed for another year.
This is Jim Hightower
saying... By suspending the rule of law, the Bushites
become a regime of injustice.
Remember, this is being done in our name – in the
name of America.
(c) 2006, Copyright - Saddleburr Productions, Inc.
This essay is herein reprinted with the author's
Posted August 6, 2006
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