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.