Thanks for posting the second clip. The suspension of habeas corpus, and the public's willingness to go along with it, is truly astounding.
I must comment that there is some debate
as to whether it applies to US citizens or only to non-citizens. But to me the distinction is irrelevant in terms of deciding what we stand for. If another country declared some of our citizens enemy combatants and said it could imprison them for as long as they wanted without charge and denied them the ability to challenge their detention, would we say, "Fine, keep them holed up as long as you want"?
By undermining the basic notions of fairness and due process that once made us an example to the world, we are reinforcing the worst notions of those that oppose us. Moreover, I fail to see how it makes us safer. Keeping innocent people in jail does not make us safer. It makes us less safe because when those people are eventually released (and many who were held at Guantanamo have been released), they'll go back to their towns and tell their family, friends, and neighbors about how those hateful Americans kept them locked up for no reason and gave them no chance to prove their innocence, so maybe those people who really are terrorists should get their support after all. And providing due process for those who really should be held does not pose any real threat: if they're as bad as the President says they are, we should have no problem showing that they should stay put.
As Professor Turley says in the video clip, our nation was founded on the principle that no person or group of people should have absolute power. Yet we have given one person the ability to take away the liberty of others, purely on his say-so. Prior incursions on our basic liberties are now looked upon with regret and shame. I hope we have the ability to view this one in the same light in the years to come.