Monday, April 02, 2007

Love That Torture

With its refusal today to hear the appeal of Guantanamo detainees of their illegal incarceration, their lack of habeas corpus, their imprisonment without due process or fair trials, and their torture, the Supreme Court has joined--this article is from the Washington Post--a majority in the Congress and the President in endorsing kidnapping and torture and suspension of fundamental Constitutional and human rights. Sure, they might decide to revisit their decision, and Congress mght yet find the collective cojones to overturn the torture bill--NOT on both counts is my wager. This refusal to act must dispel whatever insignificant, lingering doubts anyone had about the nature of this Roberts's court--or our federal government. They have sullied all of us, and they will continue to do so until they are no longer in office.

Clearly we need a more democratic, more accountable to the people, parliamentary form of government. Otherwise we are subjects, not citizens. We are ruled.

1 comment:

Fitzgeraldo said...

Hello Mr. Derr,

As a transplant to Florida, from upstate New York by way of Southeast Asia, I recently picked up your book "Some Kind of Paradise" to get a better idea of the local history. Just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying it. You've tackled a dense subject and made it not just readable, but thoroughly engrossing. Each chapter is a compelling narrative, much of which seems fueled by your barely-tempered disdain for the criminal actors who made so much incredible wealth by raping the land.

Apologies that this comment doesn't address your post, but I couldn't find any contact information.

What are you working on next?

best regards