Because freedom can't protect itself
I'm sure he'll get it right with enough time attention to this stuff (stupid economy taking up all his time). I actually find it hard to believe that Obama would agree with the position his lawyers are taking, and I hope this is more a case of lawyers carrying out their past arguments until told to do otherwise. Also, I'm jealous of your job.
But if you say, you can still pass the violations over, then I ask, hath your house been burnt? Hath your property been destroyed before your face? Are your wife and children destitute of a bed to lie on, or bread to live on? Have you lost a parent or a child by their hands, and yourself the ruined and wretched survivor? If you have not, then you are not a judge of those who have. But if you have, and can still shake hands with the murderers, then you are unworthy of the name of husband, father, friend, or lover, and whatever may be your rank or title in life, you have the heart of a coward and the spirit of a sycophant. – Thomas Paine
The secret of all of this.. liberty does not exist in a vaccuum. There are two things required for liberty. A government... and its lack of action. Wherein is this liberty? Should we stand back and be idle even as others are tortured, are we not as guilty as those directing pain against them?
By denying them their right to justice, their day in court, their investigation, their very humanity, we lose something far more vital than the information we seek to gain. We lose our humanity. We lose our authority. We abandon and abuse our own morality, visiting upon others pain for the very wrongs which we commit.
Were we not opposing brutality and the lack of the rule of law? By imposing that which we oppose, in order to oppose it, we become the very monsters we seek to destroy... as Friedrich Nietzsche put it...
Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
If we deny them the freedoms and liberties we seek, for suspicion of wrong, and deny them due process, and full investigation of law, deny them the right to law, do we not also deny ourselves justice?
Justice is never just when it is applied unequally. It is never right to mete out its penalties without its benefits. It is never, ever just... to offer punishment without trial.
Lowering ourselves to the level of tyrants to preserve liberty guarantees we will only gain tyranny. Liberty cannot come from government action. Winning the love of others cannot come through compulsion. And forever, and always, becoming what you fight just means that you've become as big a monster as you perceived the other side to be.
p.s. my school's Moot Cout competition this year is loosely based on this (and the Arar) case.
Corporations were involved with directing our politicians in exerting influence. If this came to light that our politicians acted in accordance with corporate directive, then our political structure would wholely be in question.
Our political system was a revelation in 1776. Before indoor plumbing, before toilet paper, before corporations took over the majority of natural resources, before lobbyists, before the Fed, before ... the National Security Agency.
I propose that we the people elect “State elected doctors of science” as representatives to lead the National Security Agency (NSA). As such, their job would substantially be to Ethically monitor and guide the various factions of our Government so as to consistently make broad-based ethical decisions.
Ethically Eliminate ALL Political Corruption:
Our political STRUCTURE must keep pace with our government's corrupting influences.
In an ethical environment, Freedom and Security are NOT mutually exclusive.
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