Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Candace on Michaelmoore.com

Candace has a new piece on the Michael Moore website (michaelmoore.com). The front page of the site features a picture of Candace in an orange jumpsuit. No, Candace hasn't been designated an "unlawful enemy combatant" (yet). As she explains in Ask me about Guantánamo, she is trying to raise awareness about the plight of detainees.

The reason I wore the jumpsuit was that I hoped people would stop and ask me about it. However it didn't happen quite that way. As you might imagine people that know me were forced to listen to my explanation, but the “masses” were keeping their distance. Most people turned their heads or averted their eyes when they saw me coming. Some crossed to the other side of the street. It might have had something to do with the headache orange color… or maybe the fact that there is a federal metropolitan correctional center a few
short blocks from my office. Anyway, I am thinking next time I will sport a giant button that says “ ask me about Guantánamo. ”

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

First off, I would like to thank you on behalf of humanity in general (although I'm just a member and not any sort of representative or leader!). Please continue your work trying to bring some form of justice to those who have had it stripped away under the guise of "Freedom" or, as you mentioned, "National Security". People like you are fundamental in exposing what actually goes on beyond the horizon, where citizens can't physically see from their doorsteps. It reinforces the old saying "Out of sight, out of mind." I think it's truly a sad state of affairs when the atrocities committed by the oppressors pale in comparison to those of the so-called liberators. This is not a case of different perspectives. This is indeed a black-and-white situation (or more accurately a right-and-wrong situation). Unlike the apathy displayed by the majority of citizens and politicians alike, you have chosen to not only recognize something that’s nothing but wrong, but to actually act, defending just one of those people that have had virtually all basic human rights stripped away. I find it most disturbing that what's going on is entirely permitted under the law. Weren't the laws made to protect people from such things? Unfortunately, democracy fails when those laws can be manipulated to result in treating people with complete absence of conscience. It scares me when somebody with so much power has essentially no conscience and actually believes what they're doing is right. He wants to spread this perverted form of democracy? It appears to me it’s being welcomed about as much as if he were spreading the Spanish Flu. Basic rights belong to everybody, even these “viscous terrorists.” Habeas Corpus? Who's that, some hockey player from Sweden?!?!

The Law Office of H. Candace Gorman said...

Thanks for your kind words of support. The idea behind the orange jumpsuit was precisely to put the injustice of GTMO "in sight and in mind."