Posts Tagged ‘military commissions act’

The Military Commissions Act‘s stated purpose is:

“To authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes.”

The bill limits captives’ access to habeas corpus and has been suggested to be unconstitutional.

According to Wikipedia: This bill redefines unlawful enemy combatant in such a broad way that it refers to any person who is

engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.

This makes it possible for US citizens to be designated unlawful enemy combatant because

it could be read to include anyone who has donated money to a charity for orphans in Afghanistan that turns out to have some connection to the Taliban or a person organizing an anti-war protest in Washington, D.C.

As such habeas corpus may be denied to US citizens.

Remember, too, that in the 2006 Military Commissions Act, Congress stripped from all these prisoners any meaningful right to utilize our federal courts, thereby defying our own Supreme Court. – Nat Hentoff (Villiage Voice)

Patrick Leahy, United States Senator, commented about the Act:

“Passing laws that remove the few checks against mistreatment of prisoners will not help us win the battle for the hearts and minds of the generation of young people around the world being recruited by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Authorizing indefinite detention of anybody the Government designates, without any proceeding and without any recourse—is what our worst critics claim the United States would do, not what American values, traditions and our rule of law would have us do. This is not just a bad bill, this is a dangerous bill.

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Benign, compared to the many other horrors

Warning: this video reveals the true, horrid nature of the unconstitutional, imperial, criminal invasion of Iraq by the neocons controlling Washington and the White House.

You may remember this and other photos from the Abu Ghraib torture incident from 2004, and the sick Americans who took their own photos in scenes of abuse.

So compared to what people have been talking about here the pictures are quite benign.Yahia (an Iraqi witness)

[M]any people noted that there was not a frank apology from the president for this incident.Ben Wedeman (CNN)

BBC: Why Democracy

This is not a solitary incident.

Due to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Bush or any other president the power, should he desire, has the power to use such military force within America against anyone who can be declared as ‘an enemy combatant’.

This may include anyone – innocent people, protesters, or a person organizing an anti-war protest in Washington D.C.

So when you see what the military are capable of and allowed to do, you know: we have a lot to fear.

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Just see at the looks on their faces! They sure seem to enjoy fighting ‘terrorists’ – US.

This act has suspended the Bill of Rights, effective anytime the government declares an emergency (i.e. hurricane Katrina).

They are another big step closer to having complete control over our lives. If there was another ‘terrorist attack’, the secret government will have the power to do virtually anything it wants.

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