Billy Bragg: O Freedom
O freedom, what liberties are taken in thy name.
Lest you think of this as a song of merely historical interest, you can read about the Obama administration’s defense of the Bush administration’s policy of kidnapping and imprisonment without charges here, here, and here.
From the American Conservative:
Gitmo’s population continues to trickle away, to a point. Over 600 prisoners have been let go, and of the 50 habeas petitions for release filed since the Boumediene decision in 2008, 36 have been granted. Were these really “the worst of the worst”? Hardly. Still, the Obama administration has announced that it will continue to hold some 45 detainees indefinitely without charges, one of George W. Bush’s most radical policies, now zealously defended by a smoother, smarter team of Democratic lawyers…