I just read this story: Obama Issues Directive to Shut Down Guantánamo.
I had to stop reading a couple of times to wipe my eyes. We’ve strayed so far from the path these last 8 years, it brings tears to my eyes when our president does something as simple as uphold the Constitution.
Read the last part of Section One of the 14th Amendment, and tell me with a straight face that extraordinary rendition, secret prisons, and indefinite imprisonment are ideals we should embrace. Here, I’ll quote the entire section for you, so you can see there is even a distinction between the rights of a citizen of the U.S. and the more broad “any person.”
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.