I'm sorry to say I've become something of a recluse over the past five years. In that time, I've not been very good at paying attention to the news on regular basis. Today, I learned about something that the United States Government may actually start doing and it's very disturbing. Actually, I've no doubt that every government does this to some extent, but to come out and make it legally acceptable?
Before I say exactly what it is, I want to remind you of something that happened in the Marvel universe during Civil War. Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and a skrull-Hank Pym created a prison in the negative zone; Prison 42.
Tony Stark, as director of SHIELD, began imprisoning heroes (citizens of the U.S.) in this prison. He had every intention of keeping them locked away until they registered and agreed to support the registration act. He stated that he would keep them there indefinitely without trial. He knew they would never get a trial. One of the reasons he chose to build the prison in the negative zone is so that it would be outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. courts. Here are a few scans to remind you.
This is pretty cut and dry. Tony Stark did this. I was disgusted by him. I realize it's only a comic book. It's make believe. But we're here in comic vine because we love comics. Sometimes they make us happy, sometimes they make us sad, sometimes they make us laugh, and sometimes they piss us off.
I have to say, I was surprised that very few people were disturbed by what Stark was doing.... I believe many sort of laughed it off with the, "It's just a comic book" mentality.
Well, it's not just comic book fiction anymore. And this is NOT a conspiracy theory. This is in the news. You can go google it for yourself... There is a movement within the United States Government trying to make it legal for the U.S. government to INDEFINITELY DETAIN prisoners WITHOUT A TRIAL OR CONVICTION.
Let me be clear on this. They want to be able to:
- Incarcerate anyone 'they' determine to be a threat
- Detain that citizen for any length of time WITHOUT TRIAL
- Detain that citizen without conviction of a crime
This is an absolute violation of one's CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. The constitution guarantees the citizens of the U.S. the "Right to a speedy trial."
So, you see, what happened in Marvel Civil War, is essentially beginning here in the real world. Members of the U.S. government want to be able to arrest and detain indefinitely citizens of the U.S. It's REALLY HAPPENING folks... This kind of thing happened in pre-cold war Russia. It happened in China under the rule of Mao Tse Tung. It happened under Stalin and Mussolini. You may think I'm being melodramatic, but that's the thing, I'm not. This has happened in the past. And it's happening again...
I wonder...Those of you who thought it was okay for Tony Stark to do this, do you feel the same way now that it will likely happen here in the U.S. And as far as I can tell, President Obama supports the idea. This makes me sad. I voted for the man. I've always liked him... But this... to me... is unacceptable.