Sep. 10, 2005

Jose Padilla and he Death of Personal Liberty

These are the words of Scalia, perhaps the most conservative man to grace the bench of N. America. Below; his opinion when he isn't being directed by the WH to decide otherwise. "The very core of liberty secured by our Anglo-Saxon system of separated powers has been freedom from indefinite imprisonment at the will of theExecutive." Judge Antonin Scalia Hah!! And the right has the balls to speak about "activist" judges being a left-wing phenomenon! The hypocrisy is mind-numbing. But then again, hypocrisy is the hallmark of the right-wing. They claim to be against government intrusion in personal lives. That is of course unless they don't agree with who you pray to, or what you do to get a buzz on, who you like to have sex with, etc. But for some reason, they seem to be entirely incapable of distinguishing the unfairness of this. That they should be able to use the force of the government to make people screw the "right sex", or take the right pills to make themselves feel better is perfectly acceptable, but when it comes to their lives and these same decisuions, "Get out of our lives!!" Mycos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jose Padilla and he Death of Personal Liberty: "Jose Padilla and he Death of Personal Liberty I had to sit down when I heard the Padilla case had been settled. I literally felt sick to my stomach, like I was gasping for air. The case of Jose Padilla is quite simply the most important case in the history of the American judicial system. Hanging in the balance are all the fundamental principles of American jurisprudence including habeas corpus, due process and "the presumption of innocence". All of those basic concepts were summarily revoked by the 3 judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court. The Court ruled in favor of the Bush administration which claimed that it had the right to indefinitely imprison an American citizen without charging him with a crime. The resulting verdict confers absolute authority on the President to incarcerate American citizens without charge and without any legal means for the accused to challenge the terms of his detention. It is the end of "inalienable rights", the end of The Bill of Rights, and the end of any meaningful notion of personal liberty. Cont......

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