Thursday, June 15, 2006

Judge Rules: No Legal Rights for Muslim Detainees Is Fine

From the borough formerly known as the People's Republic of Brooklyn:

A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled yesterday that the government has wide latitude under immigration law to detain noncitizens on the basis of religion, race or national origin, and to hold them indefinitely without explanation.

The Heretik titles his commentary "A Gulag Grows in Brooklyn":

"The Executive is free" to detain non citizens indefinitely if their eventual removal is "reasonably foreseeable." So our nation now how has two systems of justice within the confines of its borders. The lesser justice for non citizens is not likely to enhance justice for citizens. Arguments applied to non citizens ("enemy combatants" ring a bell?) have a way of being applied to citizens (hello, Jose Padilla).

Time to dust off Martin Niemoller again.

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