15 December, 2009

Shock to the Conscience

Ladies and gentlemen, our legal system:
The hits just keep on coming. From the Center For Constitutional Rights:
Today, the United States Supreme Court refused to review a lower court’s dismissal of a case brought by four British former detainees against Donald Rumsfeld and senior military officers for ordering torture and religious abuse at Guantánamo. The British detainees spent more than two years in Guantanamo and were repatriated to the U.K. in 2004.

The Obama administration had asked the court not to hear the case. By refusing to hear the case, the Court let stand an earlier opinion by the D.C. Circuit Court which found that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a statute that applies by its terms to all “persons” did not apply to detainees at Guantanamo, effectively ruling that the detainees are not persons at all for purposes of U.S. law. The lower court also dismissed the detainees’ claims under the Alien Tort Statute and the Geneva Conventions, finding defendants immune on the basis that “torture is a foreseeable consequence of the military’s detention of suspected enemy combatants.” Finally, the circuit court found that, even if torture and religious abuse were illegal, defendants were immune under the Constitution because they could not have reasonably known that detainees at Guantanamo had any Constitutional rights.
So torture is a forseeable consequence of the military's detention of suspected enemy combatants. I guess it's official.

I don't know how these people sleep at night.  I don't know how they can call themselves Americans.

Right now, I'm pretty fucking ashamed to be a citizen of a country in which these sorts of legal arguments are considered sane.


Cujo359 said...

Yep, makes me proud to be an American.

efrique said...

So I take it the US will now be issuing apologies and posthumous pardons to all those people from other countries they've prosecuted for torture then?