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Friday, August 26, 2005

Wind-up power

From the Washington Post:
In late 2003, the Pentagon quietly decided that 15 Chinese Muslims detained at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be released. Five were people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, some of them picked up by Pakistani bounty hunters for U.S. payoffs. The other 10 were deemed low-risk detainees whose enemy was China's communist government -- not the United States, according to senior U.S. officials.

More than 20 months later, the 15 still languish at Guantanamo Bay, imprisoned and sometimes shackled, with most of their families unaware whether they are even alive.
The "Justice" Department claims this is all legal because of "wind-up power," which gives a government the time necessary at the end of a conflict to figure out what to do with detainees. All the "Justice" Department has figured out so far is that they've been unable to find a country to take these guys, and are unwilling to give them homes in the U.S. Meanwhile, the fifteen cleared men are still treated as prisoners, including being shackled to the floor.

And our government still has the chutzpah to lecture others on human rights from time to time.

The US commitment to freedom--wind-up power.