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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The real meaning of the Hamdi case

Mike Whitney at Counterpunch explains the implications of the deportation of Yasir Hamdi. His conclusion:
The Bush Administration is offering the pitiable excuse that Hamdi was given a choice in renouncing his citizenship. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hamdi forfeited his citizenship in exchange for his freedom. He had no other option. He could either comply with the demands of the government or subject himself to indefinite incarceration. It was a clear case of coercion.

The fact that Hamdi posed no serious threat to national security should be a red flag for Americans. It's an admission that the case has a deeper meaning than what appears on the surface. The real significance of Hamdi's case is to establish the precedents for revoking citizenship and forcing exile; two more repressive tools for the Bush work chest.