I'd like to reply to another point in a more general way because it could too easily become vicious if directed specifically and I'm simply not
going there. However, the point must be made either way.
The dead brother was a citizen. Naturalized or not, a citizen is a citizen. The one in custody was not a citizen but a perm. legal resident by way of
his green card/residency card and in the pipeline to become a naturalized citizen. Whether that coulda/woulda/shoulda happened is 100% beside the
There are 10's of millions of Americans...Yes, AMERICANS...who are such by virtue of perm. residency cards and as loyal to this nation as any
individual who was born here. To draw some distinction between those natural born and those naturalized is for Presidential requirements (
really, little else in terms of importance. To attempt to single out those who are perm. legal residence by green card as being less deserving of
those rights we all have as 'Self Evident', is the most ugly form of discrimination ...regardless of national or ethnic origins.
Additionally, much is being made of foreign connections in terms of the rightness of denying rights and just pretending that legal perm. residency
status didn't exist, ergo, he was just a foreigner and why should we care? Well... WHAT foreign influence would we be talking about?? Idealism?
Maybe...and maybe not. That's yet to be determined and simply idealism is absurd to claim anyway. We have Supreme Court Justices in open court who
have suggested United Nation and European Union Precedents should stand for something in the American Justice System. Isn't THAT foreign idealism as
an influence? Yes... It absolutely is ...and no more or less harmful in it's OWN right than whatever these two are had claimed to others they took
and not direction
If they were members or had actual direct ties to foreign organizations? Well.. You know, it still doesn't erase the fact that doesn't make an Enemy
Combatant. Those terms aren't just loosey goosey to whatever we feel like making them mean. They have definition.
These two were CRIMINALS with political motivation. Yet, CRIMINALS nonetheless. We, as a nation, have seen and dealt with politically motivated
criminals before, without trimming the Constitution in irrevocable ways in the process. Our system can more than handle dealing with their kind again.
By contrast and for definition to those a bit slow on the uptake here when it comes to seeing differences? The Germans who were caught after coming
onto U.S. Beaches with the sole intent of making war against the United States during World War II (There were German nationals delivered by submarine
for precisely that purpose if anyone wasn't aware) were enemy combatants. That is the level I feel, and our Court system tends to agree, it must
reach before saying a man no longer qualifies as a criminal (whatever the motivations) and becomes subject to the Jurisdiction of the United States
Military as an Enemy. Short of that line or something very similar in nature, they are still just scumbag criminals. Perhaps record breaking? Perhaps
arch villain types in the most classic sense, but still ...criminals.
We don't re-define the rights of Criminals in the United States out of expediency to the moment. When that begins and without Court challenge to
check the abuse in it's tracks? We will THEN have taken the first steps into the *REAL* Police State so many claim we're already IN. We are not in a
Police State right now. The Judge's intervention to save, not the scumbag in the Hospital bed, but over 200 years of precedent to legal protections
here, show that to be the case. We're still a land of freedom, however precarious that position now is. We ARE still a land of Law, not reactionary
action, however much longer that lasts.
The Judge who ended the questioning without Miranda, as everyone in this nation is entitled to (There is NO "citizenship test" to that Right. Never
HAS been. Never SHOULD be) has insured we may enjoy one day more without that Police State becoming more than fears and thoughts.
We should thank His Honor, while still hoping that very same system BURIES the punk this was all done for ...by the law and within that system of law.
Otherwise? We truly have nothing left.