Tribunals and Gitmo

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To win a free latte, guess who wrote the following quote:

"For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury ... For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences ... For abolishing the free System of Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government ..."

The answer is Thomas Jefferson in the US Declaration of Independence.

I have no doubt that many, even most of Guantanamo's "detainees" could be guilty of being part of the Taliban, or their army, or terrorism. For their crimes they should be charged, tried and punished, if found guilty. But I want to identify with the American revolutionaries in that quote, not their English imprisoners, denying them lawyers, trials, or even being charged. and apparently any American citizen could end up someplace like that.

I'm trying to sell my house now and I wonder if anyone will pull my blog up and decide against buying it based on politics? Hey, there's a home theater built into it, and you could watch O'Reilly on Fox News on a 9' screen with 5.1 surround sound! Listen to Bill at 200 watts per channel!

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