Monday, June 30, 2008

The Hunting of the Snark

Court cites nonsense poem in ruling for Gitmo detainee
A federal appeals court has slammed the reliability of U.S. government intelligence documents, saying just because officials keep repeating their assertions does not make them true.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington likened the Bush administration's case to a line in an 1876 nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll: "I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true."
Aside from the delightfully childish, literary sack tap that the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington administered, this just further shows how self negating the Bush administration's policies on terrorism and the law are. Not only does the condition of Guantanamo and the methods and tactics with which we treat detainees deplorable, not only are there probably dozens upon dozens of innocent men being held/tortured without repercussions, not only is it a blight on the United States and a red letter of shame pinned on us by the rest of the world, not only does it attempt to gut and circumvent basic freedoms and laws this country was founded on, but this shit doesn't even work. It just makes it harder to prosecute actual terrorists for actual crimes. It fails on a counter-terrorism level and a judicial level: the worst of both worlds. Such is the state of our policy.

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