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Jailed Immigrants May Be Held Indefinitely

November 28, 2006

Montag calls attention to a recent news item, here: “Jailed Immigrants May Be Held Indefinitely”:

Immigrants arrested in the United States may be held indefinitely on suspicion of terrorism and may not challenge their imprisonment in civilian courts, the Bush administration said Monday, opening a new legal front in the fight over the rights of detainees.

In court documents filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., the Justice Department said a new anti-terrorism law being used to hold detainees in Guantanamo Bay also applies to foreigners captured and held in the United States.

I can’t help but point out that ANYONE COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING, as it was splashed across front pages when the bill (now law) in question initially came up before Congress. Then, I asked you to think of an “immigrant,” someone you might know, and then to

[t]hink of them making a mistake: meeting someone on a “terrorist list” at a cafe, donating money to a local religious charity, marching in D.C. for the unification of North and South Korea, handing out pamphlets urging the adoption of diplomatic measures in the Middle East, placing a bumper sticker on their automobile which reads “War is Not the Answer,” and so on. Then imagine them being arrested and detained without any right to challenge their detention, which, as we’ve seen, can go on indefinitely.

Wait, let’s see it again: SUSPICION => ARREST => INDEFINITE DETENTION. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like a police state to me.

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  1. November 29, 2006 5:08 PM

    You might be a terrorist if:

    a) You attend an Arab-Israeli peace rally
    b) You place a peace sign wreath on your home
    c) You vote Democrat
    d) all of the above

    Answer: d. This entitles you to a all-expense paid indefinite vacation to Club Gitmo!

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