Good news in the U.S. - bad news in the UK on Human Rights

While the Supreme Court this week acknowledged that the U.S. Constitution still exists, even under the Cheney-Bush Junta, in the UK, the British House of Commons took a step backward, passing a Bill that legalizes the internment of "terrorist suspects" without charge, for 42 days. Nafeez Ahmed blogged on it today;

42 Days: Creeping Internment

Friday, June 13, 2008

The British state's attempt to push through detention without charge for 42 days is a precursor to a plan to impose indefinite internment, targeted disproportionately against Muslims and ethnic minorities.

The current controversy over 42 days is only a sign of things to come. The British state views the House of Commons victory as a stepping-stone on the way to obtaining the power to impose internment, that is, the power to label innocent people people as "terrorist suspects", and subsequently detain them indefinitely without charge. Yet just as the House of Lords is expected to reject the Bill for now, it is equally expected that unelected Prime Minister Gordon Brown will attempt to galvanise the Parliament Act to force the Bill through.

One of the most vocal voices in the state campaign for internment is that of Ken Jones, who as head of the Association of Police Chief Officers (APCO), and former chair of its counter-terrorism committee, insisted last year that there was a need to hold people without charge for "as long as it takes." This "judicially-supervised detention" is, we were told, essential to counter the increasingly complex, global nature of terror cells...


Good news in Canada too.

Good news in Canada too.
I know this is totally off topic but I felt it needed to be shared because of the rare examples of compassion and justice especially from our neo-con government..

"Canada has apologised for forcing about 150,000 aboriginal children to attend state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them."

This has been a long time coming and will never undo the wrong and pain and misery suffered by innocent families.
It would be easy to accuse the government of scoring political points, or accuse past administrations of negligence, but in this case I would prefer to believe that even in a world gone mad, a little love and kindness and forgiveness can shine through the darkness. It made my day and it was heart rending listening to native people's testimonies the past couple days on the CBC.
Please forgive me for hijacking this thread but I feel justified and vindicated and even proud for having done it on behalf of our native brothers and sisters. .

How stupid do they think we are?? Oh never mind.

It's bad news alright...


Thanks for this.