GUANTANAMO BAY — Court’s in a 15-minute recess to set up a videoconference for Damien Corsetti. So just to say something about Joe Lieberman’s proposal. I have a certain interest at the moment in the erosion of justice, as you might imagine, and it concentrates my attention. So here’s what we’re talking about:
“If you’ve joined an enemy of the United States in attacking the United States and trying to kill Americans, I think you should sacrifice your rights of citizenship.”
Notice there’s not even a head-nod at someone who’s been convicted of any charge. So let me be the first to say that I’m on board with this.
Why? Because one day, I and my clique will rise to power. And I anticipate the day when Attorney General Wheeler and Defense Secretary Ackerman take a dossier filled with secret evidence to brief President Hamsher in the Oval Office. As cabinet officers relentlessly focused on the public safety, we agree that time is of the essence in disposing of a threat to national security that emanates from an American citizen, and we simply can’t be put in the position of affording that citizen such cushy rights as the right to due process of law before the government denies him of his life or his liberty or his property. President Hamsher is a wise and judicious woman, and she sees it our way. Immediately after leaving the Oval Office, I instruct a JSOC detachment to apprehend former citizen Joe Lieberman. (We did away with Posse Comitatus earlier.) You’ll hear from him later, after the threat has receded, and the Hamsher administration pledges to treat him humanely, consistent with military necessity. We have evidence justifying our decision, and no, you can’t see it.
OK, the hearing is about to come back, but I think I’ve made the point. If we unpeel the Banana Peel that is the rule of law, we’re going to soon come down to the terminus of a banana republic. None of us want that. Right?