Monday, November 20, 2006

Casting Out Devils

U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut has taken an aggressive stance against the Military Commissions Act. Bob Geiger does a perfectly good job of explaining what Dodd has done, and why the Military Commissions Act has to go, so I won't go further with my commentary. Just click on the links above. His article is titled "Kill Bill - Neutering Bush's Torture Law ". Here's a teaser:

Section 7 of the MCA says that "No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider an application for a writ of habeas corpus filed by or on behalf of an alien detained by the United States who has been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or is awaiting such determination."

In other words, don’t bother calling a lawyer, because you have no rights.

The fact that so many of these enemy-combatant determinations rest in the president's hands and the sheer vagueness of the law, combine to create a wide variety of scenarios whereby any American citizen could be arrested and held indefinitely without Constitutional protections."

It's important stuff folks. Citizens should not be terrorized by their governments, and after 6 year of it we finally have a representative standing up for freedom over preservation of the power elite. God bless him.

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