Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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This is why...

... governments need supervision from the citizens of their nation.  Because if you give people power without holding them responsible for what they do, they tend to do evil.  Any time people can "disappear" in a justice system without requirement for proof that they committed a crime, that's a very bad warning sign.  It leads to places like this.

Argentina's "Disappeared:" Justice At Last or Reneging on Amnesty?
Sam Ferguson, The Christian Science Monitor: "Just outside Buenos Aires, in the depths of the Rio de la Plata and the South Atlantic, lie the remains of thousands of bodies. A generation ago, officials from Argentina's Naval Mechanics School, known by its Spanish acronym, ESMA, secretly loaded drugged prisoners into aircraft and threw them out over the brown and frigid waters. As many as 5,000 people were 'disappeared' at the hands of ESMA, perhaps the most horrifying symbol of South American repression in the 1970s."
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