Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Lets spread some democracy and Liberty, shall we...

The best way to do that? Take 13,000 people, and put them in prisons (where some of them are tortured) without any due process.

That's what the United States government is doing.

Proud? Then read your Constitution again.

Yesterday, the United States government released 500 prisoners from Abu Ghraib. 500. In. One. Day. A goodwill gesture for the end of Ramadan. This is in addition to 1000 released at the beginning of Ramadan.

The detainees were presented with a Koran and $25 on their release which marked Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Their release was in addition to 1,000 prisoners set free in October at the start of the month of fasting.

All 1,500, who also received traditional white shirts, were released after their cases went before an Iraqi-led review board and were found not to have committed serious or violent crimes, the U.S. military said in a statement.

"These detainees have confessed to their crimes, renounced violence and pledged to be good citizens of Iraq," it said.

Now, I'm not an expert on the criminal justice system in Iraq, but I'm going to take a wild guess that they didn't hold 500 hearings the day before yesterday to determine these 500 people should not be imprisoned... so the United States government not only holds people prisoner with no due process, but holds them even after they have determined they don't need to hold them, and sets them free en masse to make a gesture. A political gesture.

I'm disgusted and outraged.

You aren't? Then explain to me how this is in any way 'spreading Liberty'.

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