It’s official, at least for the moment. José Padilla,
also known as the Muslim Abdullah al-Muhajir, was denied an appeal by the Supreme
Court earlier today, thus paving the way for the neocons to arrest anybody they
want and throw them in a military brig or Halliburton concentration camp and
abandon them to rot for the duration of the recently christened “long
war,” that is to say for twenty, thirty, fifty or a hundred years, however
long the bogus war on terrorism remains profitable for the military-snoop complex.
“A divided Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Jose Padilla,
held as an enemy combatant without traditional legal rights for more than three
years, sidestepping a challenge to Bush administration wartime detention powers,”
reports the Associated Press.
“An appeals court panel had all but called for the high court to deal
with the case, saying it was troubled by the Bush administration’s change
in legal strategy—it brought criminal charges only after it looked like
the Supreme Court was going to step in.”
Expect the devious Straussian neocons, mindful of the apparent disinterest
of the Supremes, to now go back to their old ways. In the months ahead, as the
Iranian “adventure” heats us, we can expect the Straussian neocon
Cheka to begin arresting opponents and detaining them in those brand-spanking
new Halliburton camps for the duration of the “long war.” After
all, those camps are not under construction for illegal aliens, as we are told,
but for Bush’s political opponents. Illegals will get an “immigration
bill” and “amnesty” because multinational corporations need
people willing to work at slave wages.
Remember, after passing the Enabling Act, Hitler set about arresting more than
40,000 opponents, only 4,000 of them communists. Back in 2001, William Safire,
a conflicted neocon himself, accused Bush of “seizing dictatorial power.”
It’s taken a couple years for the Straussian neocons to line their ducks
up in a row.
Getting a pass to indefinitely detain José Padilla and violate his “right
to a speedy and public trial” as an American citizen under the Sixth Amendment
will serve as a big shot in the arm to the neocons, who are chomping at the
bit to use the Constitution as a “goddamn piece of paper,” or maybe
a doormat. It seems the Supremes agree with them.