Monday, June 23, 2008

Time was,, only communists and dictators jailed people without charges or evidence.

But that was only for America before seven years ago. The Bush administration jailed Huzaifa Parhat, a Chinese Muslim known as a Uighur, back in 2001.

Why was he jailed? Because he was part of a Chinese separatist group that had links to Al Qaeda. He NEVER took up arms against America, and there's NO evidence he ever intended to...but the simple fact that he was part of a group that 'had links' to Al Qaeda was enough for the Bush administration to jail him without charges and without evidence...apparently for life.

I guess Bush didn't know that the reason China maintains the world's largest army is NOT because they want to take over other countries, but because they need to keep their OWN population under control. I guess Bush didn't know that Tibet is NOT the only province in China where the ethnic natives are agitating for autonomy. I guess Bush didn't know that one of the reasons we fought the Cold War was that we didn't believe in imprisoning people for years on suspicion alone.

This matter has brought shame upon America...and it is by any democratic definition a crime. Kudos to the U.S. District Court of Appeals that had the courage to stand up for the Constitution, and for a certain phrase in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL men are created equal...."

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