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Thursday, May 14, 2009


indefinite detention

read 'em and weep.

President Barack Obama's "administration is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on US soil -- indefinitely and without trial -- as part of a plan to retool military commission trials that were conducted for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay," The Wall Street Journal said.

The proposal, which is part of the administration's internal deliberations on how to deal with the prisoners ahead of a planned closure of the controversial US military prison next year, is being shared with some lawmakers, it added.

White House officials contacted by AFP had no immediate comment on the detainee deliberations.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who met with White House Counsel Greg Craig this week about the Guantanamo plans, told the Journal that the administration was namely seeking authority for indefinite detentions granted by a national security court.

"This is a difficult question. How do you hold someone in prison without a trial indefinitely?" asked Graham, who, along with former Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain, has pressed for reinstating the military commissions to try Guantanamo detainees.

the rule of law means little to any president, it seems, beyond an annoyance to their almighty prerogative of power.

while some on the left side of center apparently still foolishly dream that there's some possibility of prosecuting members of the past administration for war crimes, the current administration is remodeling the security state to its own liking. such a state within a state is a requirement for any serious economic and military empire, and the aspiration to empire has done anything but go away with the election of a new emperor. over time, what were once the rules have been completely rewritten to fit the exegencies of rising imperial ambition. and they will continue to be rewritten as empire -- which to an extent that probably escapes almost all americans has become in important and material ways the focal point of a reconstructed american state -- turns inevitably inward and vents its frustrations in its decline on its young and dissident.

i'd wager that, within fifty years, a national security court or its descendent has authorized the detention of domestic political enemies of the ruling administration.

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