Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Difference

So, it seems the house has passed the dreaded interrogation bill at last - with 34 democrats crossing over to vote for it. I haven't even looked at what the swarming kossacks are saying about this, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more Liebermans come out of this. The Washington Post, has a seemingly balanced summary of the debate and results which is worth a read.

In it, you can see Democrats repeatedly agitating to give detainees more rights and protections, and ultimately being cut off by Republicans. Bravo. Here lies the difference between the parties: one is concerned with the rights of terror suspects, and the other is concerned with protecting Americans.

Get a load of this:
But Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said: "This is how a nation loses its moral compass, its identity, its values and, eventually, its freedom. . . . We rebelled against King George III for less restrictions on liberty than this." Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said the habeas corpus right is so fundamental that it "is un-American" to deny it to detainees held by U.S. forces.

I hate to tell ya Jerrold, but whether the detainees want to rebel against our government or not is of little concern. They already want to kill all of us. Interrogating terror suspects who are not US citizens, who are picked up on the battlefield as unlawful combatants, really has nothing to do with our rights, our liberties, or our constitution. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the rights of Americans, and therefore there is no downside on the domestic front.


Blogger urbansocrates said...

Habeas corpus is simply the right to liberty. If "all men are created equal" and they are are endowed with the right of liberty -- as the Declaration of Independence states quite clearly -- then denying liberty without due process to ANYONE is contrary to principles on which this nation was founded. Rights mean nothing if they are only for the few (in this case, Americans) for then they are no longer rights, but privileges. Suspected terrorists, if they are human beings, must have the same rights as I do simply by virtue of their humanity. And any violation by the US government of their rights encroaches on my God-given rights, because I, too, am human.

As the great sage said: "Ye shall reap what ye sow." Plant seeds of tyranny abroad, and watch them sprout at home, too.

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