I posted about this in my journal a few days ago, and apparently not many people took notice of it right away.
So i reposted it.
The Senate just approved a bill that accomplishes the following things:
- Revokes Habeas Corpus
- Creates a secret committee appointed by Bush and Rumsfeld that has the power to declare any person (even a US citizen) to be an enemy, instantly depriving them of their legal rights. There will be no appeal allowed.
(1) UNLAWFUL ENEMY COMBATANT- (A) The term `unlawful enemy combatant' means--
`(i) a person who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States or its co-belligerents who is not a lawful enemy combatant (including a person who is part of the Taliban, al Qaeda, or associated forces); or
`(ii) a person who, before, on, or after the date of the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, has been determined to be an unlawful enemy combatant by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal or another competent tribunal established under the authority of the President or the Secretary of Defense.
- Allow police to search through your home without a search warrant.
- Ends protection of prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions.
- Gives George W. Bush amnesty for any war crimes he has committed.
- Allows people to be put on trial in front of a kangaroo court military tribunal, even if they aren't in any military, and have not engaged in military attacks against the USA.
- Allows the government to convict people of crimes on the basis of secret evidence that the accused never sees.
- Makes it legal for the government to use testimony extracted through torture.
- Ends the legal right to be protected from forced self-incrimination.
- Allows the government to imprison people without telling them what crimes they are being charged with.
- Removes the right to cross-examine witnesses.
- Allows for the records of trials to be kept secret from the American public.
-> Enables trials to begin even before a thorough investigation of the alleged crime has taken place.
-> Takes away the right to a speedy trial, allowing people to fester behind bars without being charged of any crime.
Direct text of the bill.
Interpretation of the legalese.
The complete list of how the Senate voted. (65 yes, 34 no, 1 abstaining.)
I am completely speechless. And
disappointed fucking concerned. I can see civil war within the next 5-8 years.
Edit: Fuck. FUCK! Apparently there's a legal precedent for this.
If you've got an LJ, feel free to stop by the post in my journal and contribute to the greater discussion.