[Marxism] "Government keeps dirty fellows, to do their dirty Work."

lshan at bcn.net lshan at bcn.net
Thu May 13 09:40:51 MDT 2004

When privateersmen were captured, they were not recognized as prisoners of
war, since they were civilians, and civilians of rebellious colonies to
boot. They were held indefinitely in special camps, in particular the
notorious prison ship Jersey, in the Wallabout Bay off Brooklyn, and in Mill
and Forton Prisons in England. These were places of bad food, overcrowding,
bad health, brutal guards and harsh punishment. (A British Peer, friendly to
the American prisoners, responded to the statement that Mill was run by a
"dirty fellow": "Government keeps dirty fellows, to do their dirty Work.")

During the [American] Revolution, these three complexes held upwards of ten
thousand and perhaps as many as twenty or thirty thousand captured American
seamen. The Americans were not granted the recognition of prisoner-of-war
status, but were rather deemed rebels, pirates, murderers, candidates for
hanging, detained under a suspension of habeas corpus and ineligible for
exchange during most of the war. Prisoners taken into Mill were told that
they were committed "for rebellion, piracy, and high treason on his
Britannic Majesty's high seas, there to remain during his Majesty's
pleasure, until he sees fit to pardon or otherwise dispose of you."
Americans used what the British defined as illegitimate means in their quest
for legitimacy and independence. Today's detentions by the U.S. are very
similar to what was done to Americans by the British during the Revolution.

[Thousands died in these ships, the greatest casualties (and mostly unknown0
of the American Revolution]

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