This is really ugly stuff. The Bushies want the ability to imprison anyone, including citizens, indefinitely. Such prisoners would have no access to civilian courts and their rights would be hugely restricted. The government does not need to produce actual evidence either. Nope, just a governmental say-so that you might be linked to “terrorism.” and off you go into a Gitmo forever. This is blatantly unconstitutional. an obvious attack against dissent, and should concern everyone.
AMERICAblog has been blogging about this. Haven’t seen it on many other blogs as yet (it’s still a new story.) This bill is so fascist that everyone needs to mobilize against it. Me, you, everyone.
I don’t often use the word “fascist.” In this case though, it applies. A bill like this targets everyone. The target is the Left now. It could just as easily be the Right under another administration. No, I do not believe it would only be used against actual terrorists. Plus, it gives the government way too much easily abused power to silence those who disagree with them.
Bush submits new terror detainee bill
U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.
White House proposal would expand authority of military courts
Under the proposed procedures, defendants would lack rights to confront accusers, exclude hearsay accusations, or bar evidence obtained through rough or coercive interrogations. They would not be guaranteed a public or speedy trial and would lack the right to choose their military counsel, who in turn would not be guaranteed equal access to evidence held by prosecutors.
An early draft of the new measure prepared by civilian political appointees and leaked to the media last week has been modified in response to criticism from uniformed military lawyers. But the provisions allowing a future expansion of the courts to cover new crimes and more prisoners were retained, according to government officials familiar with the deliberations.
Let’s ALL work together to make sure this repressive freedom-hating bill gets killed, and quickly.