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Constitution Superseded and Web Sites Scrubbed of Public Documents to Hide It

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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