Tuesday, May 26, 2009

'Preventive Detention'

President Obama is considering something called 'preventive detention'.

Basically, we're going to be incarcerating people before they've actually done anything, on the logic that they probably will do something in the future, so we have to take care of it. By locking them up indefinitely.

Oh yay.

The more I hear, the more I begin to think that, with all due respect to his position, that he really doesn't know what he's doing. And I suppose he can be excused for that- he is relatively, and comparatively inexperienced. However, when you're the President, it kind of helps to have a game plan hashed out.

Before you start making yourself look silly by giving 'yes,no,maybe' on Gitmo, torture, and sundry other issues. Or bowing to Middle Eastern kings.

Anyway, back on topic- I think 'preventive detention' is a bad idea because:
  • It gives to much opportunity for abuses
  • People will begin to see ghosts everywhere...and then we'll all be in jail
  • 'Thoughtpolice' and 'thoughtcrime' anyone? After all, how can they tell you're going to commit a crime...unless they know what you're thinking?

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