Raging Right Wing Republican

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Spot the idiot

Garrison Keillor, writing in the Chicago Tribune, apparently thinks that America is being just beastly to the "poor shnooks" who destroyed the World Trade Center:
The U.S. Senate, in all its splendor and majesty, decided that an "enemy combatant" is any non-citizen whom [sic] the president says is an enemy combatant, including your Korean greengrocer or your Swedish grandmother or your Czech au pair, and can be arrested and held for as long as authorities wish without any right of appeal to a court of law to examine the matter.
In reality, every single detainee held by the military gets what they're entitled to: a hearing before the Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- an Article 5 hearing in the Geneva Convention's parlance -- tribunals whose decisions are subject to judicial review.

This means that every detainee held, from any random terrorist to Khalid Sheikh Mohammad will recieve Article 5 hearings. I suppose that Keillor is upset about the CIA's terrorist interrogation program, from which Khalid Sheikh Mohammad came.

Yet it's one thing to argue that due process for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad is more important than preventing the deaths of any more Americans in future terrorist attacks. By raising the absurd specter of Korean greengrocers and Swedish grandmothers and Czech au pairs being detained as enemy combatants, Keillor reveals that even he doesn't take his own argument seriously.


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