Untermensch – Suspected enemy combatants not legally persons

For those of you not on Twitter, this one is worthy of your notice, no matter your opinion of Twitter.

@wyldraven: Dred Scott Redux: Obama and the Supremes Stand Up for Slavery – http://bit.ly/8ZN5SD // I am deeply saddened and disturbed by this outcome.

Allow me to refer you to this post I made on Livejournal back on 12-Jan-2008. In that post, I promised to keep an eye out for the final outcome of the untermensch case, as I referred to it back then. William Fisher (via Chris Floyd above) accurately notes the similarity to Dred Scott. In either case, we have crossed a very disturbing threshold in our handling of the so-called “War on Terror”. As you will note in the article linked above, this decision is

[…] introducing a shocking new precedent for all future courts to follow: anyone who is arbitrarily declared a “suspected enemy combatant” by the president or his designated minions is no longer a “person.” They will simply cease to exist as a legal entity.

Now, by matter of comparison, I would note that every corporation in this country enjoys legal personhood.

And tomorrow, my friends, it could be you that is declared untermensch. Remember that as you decide whether to protest the next outrageous act of this “government” we claim as a democracy. That’s the point, you know. You are supposed to fear the government. On that note, allow me to quote someone with whom you are probably familiar:

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

Originally posted at http://wyldraven.dreamwidth.org/545929.html


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