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Posted on Jan 11, 2008
AP photo / Dennis Cook

Demonstrators against continued detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay stand in front of the Supreme Court in Washington Friday.

Activists around the world took to the streets Friday wearing orange jumpsuits in protest of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which Amnesty International calls an “unlawful black hole.” Eighty demonstrators were arrested in or near the Supreme Court building, where justices are reviewing the legality of the government’s detention program.

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WASHINGTON—Eighty people were arrested at the Supreme Court Friday in a protest calling for the shutdown of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Demonstrators wearing orange jump suits intended to simulate prison garb were arrested inside and outside the building in the early afternoon. “Shut it down,” protesters chanted as others kneeled on the plaza in front of the court.

They were charged with violating an ordinance that prohibits demonstrations of any kind on court grounds. Those arrested inside the building also were charged under a provision that makes it a crime to give “a harangue or oration” in the Supreme Court building.

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By Outraged, January 14, 2008 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

I was trying to figure that one out myself.  Can one even consider chanting to be an oration or a harangue?  And really, are we going to arrest lawyers who plead their case?  It’s absolutely inane. 

Thankfully there are those who are willing to stand for the constitution and everything which once made this country great.  Sadly there is an element in this country that endorses the facistic practices of this administration.  Shame on them.

The reality of the gitmo situation as well as the other sites around the world have disgraced us as a nation.  It is almost inconceivable to try to understand what type of deranged thought process could qualify these practices.  And yet still there are those who like the jihadists have little discernment or empathy for their fellow man.

Driving Bear,
Although I myself am an atheist, I do not disregard the fact that good advice can be found within the Bible.  I thought this was appropriate:

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:9-12

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By KenDen, January 14, 2008 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

I’m all for closing Guantanamo, but I’m not sure what good it will do.  Do the protestors think that these prisoners will be released?  If Guantanamo is closed, the prisoners will be sent to other concentration camps.  For anything positive to occur, these prisoners should receive fair trials and if proven innocent, let go.  If guilty, then given appropriate sentences. The rule of law must prevail.

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By driving bear, January 12, 2008 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

Remember the USA has 300+ million citizens. No way should 80 be allowed to overthrow the US government by preventing a vital branch of the government from working. Just because the SCOTUS reflects America by being conservative does not give the far left loons the right to attempt to shut it down.
Myself and most Americans are glad that the dangerous killers of the world are in cages in Gitmo where they belong

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By Eso, January 12, 2008 at 4:31 am Link to this comment

Quantanamo prison = denial of Geneva convention = war on Iran? = Bush president for life? or = Chaney in the White House? It is no longer possible to look at the Supreme Court as anyones sacred cow.

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By cyrena, January 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment

Well, here we have yet another example of the truly horrifying loss of standard civil liberties…80 people arrested for…WHAT? Is this not the clearest example of a violation of their Constitutional rights to assemble? That and much more….
So, does anybody know when this first ‘ordinance’ was decided upon?

•  They were charged with violating an ordinance that prohibits demonstrations of any kind on court grounds.
And THIS one…now how crazy is it?
•  Those arrested inside the building also were charged under a provision that makes it a crime to give “a harangue or oration” in the Supreme Court building.
This would mean that nobody can practice trial law in the Supreme Court. No ‘harangues or ORATIONS’ inside the building? Gee.

Well, everybody just pack up your stuff and go home.(if you have one to go to) Judges, turn in your robes before you leave the premises. The Supreme Court is now closed for business of any kind. Might as well board up the doors and the windows.

I can’t believe this shit.

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