Constitution Superseded and Web Sites Scrubbed of Public Documents to Hide It

February 25, 2007 by
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An article about the Navy’s brig in Hanahan, South Carolina reveals details about “one of the most secretive installations in the government’s anti-terrorism effort.” Among other revelations is that the brig believes that “higher guidance” and “accepted prison practice” can supersede the Constitution:

“In detaining American citizens, full constitutional rights are afforded except where curtailed by higher guidance or accepted prison practice,” the report said. [emphasis added]

The Navy developed elaborate plans to dodge public scrutiny of its operations to detain enemy combatants, plans that include destroying “critical info,” and scrubbing public Web sites.

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