Normalizing Slavery: Scraping For Precedents At Guantanamo

Action Jackson, Generally Disreputable   

A future President’s lynching of two Britons for aiding slave escapes is the latest defense offered for the ill-starred Guantanamo military tribunals.



  In a since withdrawn legal argument, prosecutors pointed to Bloody Andrew Jackson’s energetic response to Georgia slaves escaping to the Seminole Indians in then Spanish Florida. 

   The Seminole tribe objected to being compared with al Qaeda, and escaped slave descendants might have something to say as well.





   Defending the military tribunerals’ ever shape-shifting “procedures” was a challenge even before the Pentagon took to enlisting slave catchers as freedom’s legions.


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