2006 US Military Commissions Act

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  • 2006-09-30
    • Rounding Up U.S. Citizens by Marjorie Cohn, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president of the National Lawyers Guild: “...it empowers Bush to declare not just aliens, but also U.S. citizens, "unlawful enemy combatants."” “Anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on Bush's list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies could be declared an "unlawful enemy combatant" and imprisoned indefinitely.” (That would, of course, include Issuepedia authors and editors.)
    • Where were you the day America died?: many excerpts from related articles, with links.
    • Congress may give the president the power to lock up almost anyone he thinks is a terror threat by Bruce Ackerman (first forum entry is a reprint of Ackerman's article originally published in the LA Times, which is otherwise only available by subscription)
      • One poster raises a point which is obviously going to come up again: "How should we treat someone (a citizen or otherwise) who meets with terrorists planning on say, blowing up a building or bridge, or maybe spreading smallpox and says, "I don't want to get involved with the attack itself, but I believe in what you're doing, so here's some money. .. I don't think a person who can do that is an American anymore. I don't believe they have any rights at all, anymore. They're done, as far as I'm concerned. They should not be given access to our legal courts, that is -- they should not be afforded the freedoms that ordinary non-terrorist people have. They should be treated as enemy combatants." The whole point of such procedures is: WHAT IF THEY DIDN'T ACTUALLY DO IT?? This aspect of the Act makes it more difficult, and perhaps impossible under some circumstances, for an innocent arrestee to prove his innocence. But it seems pro-Bush people aren't interested in justice anymore, if it gets even slightly in the way of their Holy War on Terror, so we shouldn't expect them to be swayed by possible gross miscarriages thereof. --Woozle 15:02, 23 September 2007 (EDT)
    • Venus Envy (webcomic): a personal perspective, in graphic form
  • 2006-09-29 PP1 Torture Bill States Non-Allegiance To Bush Is Terrorism (based on HR6166)
  • 2006-09-29 PP2 Bush Given Authority To Sexually Torture American Children: phrased in somewhat emotional language, but this is at least somewhat justified by the fact that it does demonstrate the extreme measures to which Bushco are willing to go in their Holy War on Terror.
  • 2006-09-29 President Bush Pardons Himself for War Crimes (video link and partial transcript): even the uber-conservative John Birch Society agrees with the "blanket pardon" interpretation... or at least this one writer on their web site does... and he doesn't say much about it... and JBS is perhaps more constitutionalist than conservative, so Bush would be rather antithetical to their mission in general...
  • 2006-09-28 NYT Rushing Off a Cliff (New York Times house editorial): the Act "will make American troops less safe and do lasting damage to our 217-year-old nation of laws — while actually doing nothing to protect the nation from terrorists." ... "Those men could have been tried and convicted long ago, but President Bush chose not to. He held them in illegal detention, had them questioned in ways that will make real trials very hard, and invented a transparently illegal system of kangaroo courts to convict them." "A dangerously broad definition of “illegal enemy combatant” in the bill could subject legal residents of the United States, as well as foreign citizens living in their own countries, to summary arrest and indefinite detention with no hope of appeal. The president could give the power to apply this label to anyone he wanted."