Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Human Rights are Meaningless in America

I didn't expect to blog about something so serious today, but I just saw the first video ever released from Guantanamo Bay. It is absolutely gut-wrenching to watch this 21 year old Canadian - a suspected terrorist - sob about how his body is deteriorating without medical care.

Please take a minute to watch the video. It's hard to make out sometimes, so read the article with it.

After you watch it, remind yourself that this boy was arrested at the age of 15 for being in a place possibly associated with a terrorist camp. Thanks to that stupid mistake on his part (hear the bitter sarcasm?), he has been tortured and detained for six years. Even if he is eventually convicted, how does that make the lost years of his life more expendable? Being sent to prison for a crime you're convicted of is one thing (although that system is fucked too), but being sent to prison, tortured, denied proper care AND not being convicted, well that's just plain UnAMERICAN:

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

That's from your very own Constitution, ladies and gentlemen. This entire situation is absolutely fucked up; Guantanamo Bay needs to be closed. The least you can do is call someone about it.


meesha.v said...

Didn't Michael More try to get into Guantanamo Bay saying that they get better health care than an average American? I am not saying anything about GB being legit (I don't think it is) but the medical care issue seems to be presented both ways depending on what they are trying to prove.

May said...

I dunno. I haven't heard anything positive about Guantanamo ever.

Bryan said...

Meesha? THE meesha??? ^_^

All things we hear about have spin. All things we hear about depend on who is telling us and what their agenda is.

I'm not saying GB is a good place or a bad place, just that none of us has any idea one way or the other. All we know is what people tell us, and everyone has an agenda.

meesha.v said...

I didn't know that I am so well-known, but I agree, truth can be twisted to fit whatever you want to prove. Here is the clip I was talking about, in it M.Moore yells at GB that he wants 9/11 workers to get the same health care that's given to evildoers.

Bryan said...

Someone named Meesha comments a lot on another blog I read, passiveaggressivenotes, and I believe that Meesha is not a terribly common name.

It was a funny joke only in my head, which is good enough for me.

meesha.v said...

I guess it's common enough, beacuse that's not me.

Bryan said...

From now on I'll consider you the real Meesha, and the other as an imposter.