We may say that this same threat now hangs over all of us, who are accustomed to believing that we are free to elect our officials and to live by our Constitution. But in reality, the threat of indefinite detention now hangs over us with the recent passing of the National Defense Bill S. 1867. That Bill, if signed into law by the President, allows the military to indefinitely detain any American civilian that is suspected of terrorist activities. No charges need be filed, no appearance before a judge need take place. It is the end of freedom, essentially -- and we are all become Benito Cereno's, taken prisoner by the very people we thought were serving our interests.
Yet, perhaps there is a Delano in our midst. One may like to believe that an honest and decent man is in the race to win the Republican nomination. One may like to think that Ron Paul can do what he says -- end the wars, end the Fed, restore the Constitution as the rule of law, and free the citizens from the totalitarian rule of the Fascists who now occupy the White House and the New World Order. But like Cereno, we may be forced to leap overboard before the deception can truly be revealed -- before any action can truly take place. Then our new masters -- like Babo and his men -- will reveal themselves by swinging into violence. In this way, our contemporary situation certainly is resembles the tale told in Melville's Benito Cereno.
In conclusion, the deception that Babo and his men force onto Delano is only ripped back when Cereno dives over board and compels the slaves to reveal themselves as hijackers of the San Dominick. We may find that we are in a similar situation today, as more and more laws are passed by Congress in which our public servants are used against us -- all in the name, of course, of safety and security.
Herman Melville, Benito Cereno (1855) All quotes are taken from this version online: http://www.infomotions.com/alex2/authors/melville-herman/melville-benito-746/melville-benito-746.pdf
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