Ex-officer raps detention policy

Ex-officer raps detention policy

By By Joe Baker, Senior Editor

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

The July 29 edition of The Army Times, a newspaper published for members of the U.S. Army, carried an article by a retired military intelligence officer, Scott Curthoys.

Curthoys felt compelled to comment on the unconstitutional demands being placed on American military personnel by the Bush administration.

He cited the detention of two U.S. citizens, Jose Padilla, also known as Abdullah al Muhajir, and Yaser Esam Hamdi. They are being held in military facilities by our own military.

Neither man has been charged with a thing. They are merely held on suspicion of terrorist activity. No evidence has been presented anywhere. They are being held without the right to counsel and under other violations of the Sixth Amendment.

What bothers Curthoys is that the military is being asked to hold these two without due process of law in violation of the oath taken by every soldier to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution.

The government, he says, is prepared to lock up its own citizens under military guard indefinitely on grounds of national security. Curthoys commented: “This sort of dictatorial, repressive nonsense happens only in places like China, Iraq, North Korea or some dirty, backward toilet of a country. It never would happen in the United States.”

But it is, thanks to the Ashcroft Justice Department. Curthoys rightly observes that the absence of this kind of behavior is what differentiated us from totalitarian regimes.

He urged: “…don’t make the military take part in violating the constitutional rights of even one citizen, no matter who that person is. This is not in the Constitution that I swore to support and defend.”

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