Bush eliminates bedrock rights, Americans don't notice.
You woke up today in a different country.
Some of our most cherished rights, and the very foundation of the bill of rights, had been eliminated with the stroke of George W. Bush's pen.
Habeas corpus -- it's your most fundamental legal right, your right to go to a court and get an order requiring the government to prove that it is holding you in prison with proper legal authority to do so. Without that right, one necessarily lives in a dictatorship. The Constitution says it may never be suspended except in cases of rebellion or invasion. President Bush today on October 17, 2006 signed a bill repealing that law, meaning that the administration need not comply or show compliance with law any more with regard to who goes to prison or Gitmo.Feel safer?
While it supposedly applies just to terrorism cases, that doesn't prevent it from ending the rule of law in the United States for our newly all-powerful Executive. This is true not just because terrorism is construed so broadly in the prohibition of "material support" for terrorism (which by the way has already been held to include a lawyer's press release on behalf of a terrorist client) but because the administration NEED NOT PROVE IT'S REALLY TERRORISM because they don't need to answer to any court in the land at any time.
Keith Olberman spells out how wiping out habeus corpus also tosses out the Bill of Rights entirely (except maybe quartering soldiers)
A full page ad run in response by the ACLU notes that this action is...
...one of the most radical rollbacks of civil liberties in American history. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 eliminates the right of Habeus Corpus for detainees who could be held for years without charge, and guts the Geneva Conventions. The law allows detainees to be sentenced to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses. And it grants officials in the Bush Administration a retroactive "Get Out of Jail Free" card for war crimes.
Anyone else remotely concerned about what has just occured in our country?
Anyone alarmed that George Bush now has the ability to name anyone an "enemy combatant" , even U.S. citizens, and have them locked up without charges, without representation, and without having to justify the detention in court... without having to answer to anyone, and then to have them tried by a puppet military "commission" and possibly executed, all without being able to confront witnesses, and even on the basis of heresay or the testimony of witnesses who were tortured into saying what the interogators want them to say?
This isn't your father's United States folks.
You woke up this morning and didn't even know that a huge chunk of what makes our country great had just been destroyed by the gang in the White House and it's Republican enablers. Dems who failed to stand up against it out of fear of being branded "soft on terror" are equally to blame.
Anyone feel that this parallels other governments we've known... like, oh... Stalinist Russia, or China, or maybe some banana republics?
Americans are breathless about juicy tabloid revelations in Paul McCartney's divorce, but a president has just subverted the constitution, and no one knows, and no one cares.
Read more about the issue here.