Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Indefinite detention is a step toward tyranny

In 1933, a senile President Von Hindenburg signed the Reichstag Fire Decree in Germany. The decree prepared by Hitler suspended the rule of habeas corpus, allowing indefinite detention of anyone suspected to be an adversary of the state. This decree allowed the Nazi terror machine to eliminate opponents. The public was fairly indifferent at first. The German people and the world came to pay a heavy price for that indifference.

In December, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, allowing indefinite detention by the military of all suspected of terrorism, regardless of citizenship status. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero called the president's action "a blight on his legacy."

The clauses of the Bill of Rights are now de facto suspended. Most of you probably think you have nothing to fear—you are, after all, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Note that I said "suspected terrorists," not "proven." Your lifestyle, voiced opinions, political affiliations, places of worship, travels, and Internet and library records are all subjective elements that combined together could give you the profile of a terrorist.

The government knows a lot about you. The financial and economic interests ruling the country want you to be docile sheep. Anyone going to the beat of a different drum, from left to right, from Occupy Wall Street to militias, is a potential candidate to be sent to some form of Guantanamo without having access to a lawyer and without seeing a judge.

History has taught us to be vigilant. Nobody suspected that the "land of poets and thinkers" (Germany as described by the poet Jean Paul) could become this darkest totalitarian hell, but it did.

There are forces across the political spectrum organizing to resist this blatant disregard for the Constitution. The ACLU has an online petition available at Contact your elected representatives.

Remember the well-known and haunting words of German Pastor Martin Niemöller: "Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me."

Jean Jacques Bohl


About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.