Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell says that terrorism suspects who are arrested in Kentucky should immediately be expelled from the Bluegrass State and transported to military tribunals in the Guantanamo torture hoosegow. Apparently, McConnell has been blowing grass himself, or just flunked his law school class that taught the ideas of due process and presumption of innocence, the main principles behind the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. According to Antiwar.com, McConnell snorted,
“Send them to Guantanamo where they belong,” insisted McConnell, adding that the two suspects don’t deserve civilian trials and should be sent to the notorious island prison for “the justice they deserve.”
Of course, McConnell’s judgment should be taken seriously, given that he voted for the parasitic, tax-funded Wall Street Bailout, for the hysterical, knee-jerk, totalitarian PATRIOT Act, for the Medicare Part D Big Pharma tax-funded boondoggle, and, of course, all the wars that George W. Bush wanted to serve Bush’s reelection bid.
When McConnell is given the information that someone is suspected of crimes, his obvious gut reaction is to presume them to be guilty and to want their rights to life and liberty removed. Without the due process of a trial and actual evidence presented and the case decided by a jury of one’s peers!
However, as I noted in my Tea Partiers May Need the ACLU Soon, the very presumption-of-guilt, police state policies that McConnell supported in that PATRIOT Act, will be used by subsequent administrations, such as the current Obommunists, to go after those that TPTB deem to be seditious, or a “threat” or “terrorists.” To the current administration of police state Nazis, commies, criminals (such as Holder, Cass Sunshine, Elena Caveman, etc.) and so forth, Tea Partiers and others who dissent from the status quo or who challenge the government’s policies, are “terrorists,” and should be treated as such.
That is why we have to protect the right of ALL people to their presumption of innocence, no matter what heinous crimes they are suspected of committing. Yes, including alleged al Qaeda members, believe it or not.
Jacob Hornberger exemplified in a post yesterday very good reasons to support due process and presumption of innocence, with 24 Bahrain doctors and 23 nurses accused of trying to overthrow the government, as many of them complained of being tortured into signing false confessions.
For a long time since the 2008 election, I was willing to give Sarah Palin the benefit of the doubt. But when she responds to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange with a tweet or Facebook entry that includes referring to Assange as “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands,” and asks, “Why was [Assange] not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?” I conclude that here is yet another individual who does not understand the ideas of presumption of innocence and due process.
McConnell’s latest blurt of ignorance is another reason to cut off Washington, DC and let it float out to sea. We won’t miss it.