Habeas Schmabeas

Laura Rozen, at her informative blog War and Piece, has linked to Habeas Schmabeas” produced by the great NPR program “This American Life”, which is unavailable to me here in Xalapa.

Habeas Schmabeas provides a glimpse into what Incurious King George and his courtier are doing in your name to “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo, which is entirely appalling. As it turns out most of the “detainees” were sold to the USA government by folks anxious for the bounty and have never been remotely associated with terrorist acts. They ae continued to be detained to spare the USA government embarrassment. Out of the hundreds of Guantanamo “detainees” only a dozen or two have any actual links to terrorist organizations or acts.

The piece contains a segment describing how Lord Clarendon, the British King’s aide in the 1600s, came up with the idea of interning undesirables on an off-shore island during the British civil war, during which the Christian Fundamentalist Puritans fought the royalty in an effort to institute a religious state (now it is the Muslim Taliban interned, then it was the Christian equivalent of the Taliban). The King’s implementation of Lord Clarendon’s idea resulted in the habeas corpus act adoption by the British parliment.

It is interesting, indeed, that Bush, acting on the advice of Alberto Gonzales who in turn acted upon the advice of the decidedly brown shirtted John Yoo, has instituted an off-shore gulag system essentially the same as that which precipitated the Habeas Corpus Act in Great Britain four hundred years ago. George Bush bridge to the 17th century.

As an aside, the musical interlude half way through the This American Life piece, which is about a half hour long, features a segment of the Buena Vista Social Club album.

I suggest that you take the time to listen to the piece. It is very well done.



Filed under Guantanamo, habeas corpus, Habeas Schmabeas

5 responses to “Habeas Schmabeas

  1. mcm

    Hey — are you sure you can’t get “This American Life” — I download the podcast weekly here in Merida! Check out http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=6349076
    (or if that doesn’t work, the podcasts are listed by title).

  2. mcm,

    Thanks for the link. I know nothing about pod casting. Is one able to download it to the hard drive and copy it to a CD?

    I’ll go to the site and see what it’s all about.

    Thanks again and take care.

  3. mcm

    I’m no expert on podcasts, either. I did get an ipod shuffle several months ago (they’re available in Merida, and about $1000pesos), and use itunes as the interface (a free download — http://www.apple.com/itunes/). There are TONS of free podcasts available — you can listen to them via your computer once they are downloaded, so I am assuming that you can burn them to a CD as well. (I know that I can upload CDs to itunes, and then the ipod).
    Life in the 21st century is amazing (do I mean scary?).

  4. mcm,

    I was actually able to burn, using Windows Media Player, the Habeas Schmabeas piece to a CD and was able to listen to it in my little pickup.

    Thanks again for the tip.

  5. wade

    hey came across your blog because I’m looking for that buena vista song that played during the This American Life “Haebeus Schmabeas” show. IF you could let me know the name of the song I’d really appreciate it


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