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America Independent?

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[Col. Recorded 7/2/04]

Americans, delirious in the 'day of independence', will exercise their freedom by getting drunk, and eating until they pass out from the carbo-protein load.

Several days ago, the US Supreme Court decided the long-awaited *Hamdi v. Rumsfeld* case and *Rasul v. Bush*, dealing with multi- national detainees held in the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval brig.

In *Hamdi*, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, wrote, for the court's majority, "We have long made clear that a state of war is not a blank check when it comes to the rights of the nation's citizens." The majority opinion added, "The threats to military operations posed by a basic system of independent review are not so weighty as to trump a citizen's core rights to challenge meaningfully the government's case and to be heard by an independent adjudicator."

The *Hamdi* and *Rasul* opinions seems to open the courthouse door to hundreds of people accused of being so-called "enemy combatants" by the Bush Administration.

The rulings caused an explosion of praise from the media elites, and others like lawyers and law professors, who praised the Court as the greatest protectors of U.S. liberty against tyranny.

Lost in the applause, however, was a ruling endorsed by a majority (5 members) of the Court: The government *can* detain Americans - like Yasser Hamdi — who is, after all, an American citizen, because of the U.S. President's declaration of 'enemy combatant' status, and the congressional resolution supporting the President, made after September 11th.

Several days before Independence Day, the nation's highest court ruled that Americans can be detained, without trial, and without charges, for an undetermined period of time, as long as habeas corpus writs were available.

I don't know about you, but this is breath- taking.

Americans are about as 'free' as the president allows them to be.

Happy Independence Day!

'Independence' in a nation where over two million people, —men, women and children! — are held in prisons! The most imprisoned people on earth!

Happy Independence Day! Where, for Black Americans, driving, jogging, walking, and standing still, on your own doorstep, — *while Black* — is far too often, a capital crime!

Happy Independence Day! Where 'independence' of the mind, by a true, liberating education, is virtually impossible, for millions of Black, Brown, and poor White kids — in the richest nation in the history of the world.

Happy Independence Day! When the Government, under the so-called 'Patriot Act,' can rifle through the homes, files, and papers of people, at will!

Happy Independence Day — indeed.

Americans can celebrate 'independence day'; but they can't celebrate independence.

The government is increasingly intrusive, and growing more and more so, every single day.

We would do well to heed the wisdom of the great German writer, Johann von Goethe*, who observed: "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe that they are free." [*Goethe: (1749-1832); writer of "Faust"]

Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa

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