Following up on my last post about Bush Admin blurring of the lines between violence and law-- consider the various official responses to the three suicides of Guantanamo inmates. Camp Commander Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. insisted that the suicides were "not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us." Then the NYT reports that Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, commander of the United States Southern Command, thinks the suicides "may have been timed to affect the Supreme Court decision on the Hamdan case. 'This may be an attempt to influence the judicial proceedings in that perspective.'"
So, I think I get it. The Guantanamo inmates didn't kill themselves because being detained indefinitely -- maybe forever-- made their lives seem not worth living; they killed themselves in order to strike out at the United States. More specifically, they killed themselves so that they could strike the US from within by making the Supreme Court feel sorry for them, which could in turn influence the Court in the Hamdan case. So a defeat for the Administration in Hamdan would actually be a cleverly planned victory for the terrorists.
I think this actually makes sense to someone.