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Without A Trace

By Roy D. Follendore III

Copyright (c) 2004 by RDFollendoreIII

 

January 13, 2004

Suppose that your wife, your husband or your son or daughter did not show up after work one day.  Suppose that the Police did not seem to care?  What if you eventually found out that a group of people claiming to be the Federal Government had come in ski masks and spirited your loved one off in handcuffs with a bag over their head?  What if when you confronted the Government with this you were told that say anything about it would be crime and you could be next?

There are at least one thousand two hundred people held in Federal prisons more than two years without a trial.  The guilt or innocence of these people is not being allowed to be proven.  Today the Supreme Court has refused to hear these kinds of issues.  

At what point is custody a pretense to violating basic human rights?  Unless human beings have the right to a fair trial where they can confront their prosecution they have no rights and our constitutional law becomes meaningless.  Unless our Supreme Court protects us from our Government through the Constitution, we are all prey. 

Human concern based on the assumption of open fairness and reason is both a necessity and an underlying obligation that maintains both our our society and our democracy.  This is what differentiates us from our worst enemies. Justice and human rights is not considered important within a society of bureaucratic secrecy.  Those who would choose to close American prisoners to access to the moral and civil standards of competent defense and impartial justice should rightfully be considered traitors to the fundamental constitutional ideals upon which America is based.   

 

 

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