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in the 'day of independence', will exercise their freedom by getting
drunk, and eating until they pass out from the carbo-protein load.
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.
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."
and *Rasul* opinions seems to open the courthouse door to hundreds
of people accused of being so-called "enemy combatants"
by the Bush Administration.
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
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.
about as 'free' as the president allows them to be.
in a nation where over two million people, men, women and children!
are held in prisons! The most imprisoned people on earth!
Day! Where, for Black Americans, driving, jogging, walking, and
standing still, on your own doorstep, *while Black* is far
too often, a capital crime!
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.
Day! When the Government, under the so-called 'Patriot Act,' can
rifle through the homes, files, and papers of people, at will!
celebrate 'independence day'; but they can't celebrate independence.
is increasingly intrusive, and growing more and more so, every single
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"]
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