This just in: the Pentagon has finally acknowledged what the Founding Fathers already knew, viz., that prisoners have a right to a court hearing. And that includes political prisoners.

It’s not clear how far-reaching the implications will be; the White House is already trying to downplay the news. But allow me to dream for a moment. Imagine a world where, when the secret police come and arrest you in the middle of the night, they can no longer hold you indefinitely, without evidence, on mere “suspicion” of “terrorism”. A world where mistaken arrests can’t be simply swept under the rug. (Have they been? Would we know if they had?) A world where the Inquisitors can’t even torture a confession out of you, but actually have to prove your guilt in court.

Gee. Thinking about it that way, you’d almost think we lived in the Land of the Free.

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