lamming the final nail in the coffin of
everything America used to stand for, the boot-licking U.S.
Senate last night gave President Bush the legal authority to
abduct and sexually mutilate American citizens and American
children in the name of the war on terror.
There is nothing in the "detainee"
legislation that protects American citizens from being kidnapped
by their own government and tortured.
Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman states in the L.A. Times,
"The compromise legislation....authorizes the president to seize
American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never
left the United States. And once thrown into military prison,
they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other of the
normal protections of the Bill of Rights."
Similarly, law Professor Marty Lederman explains: "this
[subsection (ii) of the definition of 'unlawful enemy
combatant'] means that if the Pentagon says you're an unlawful
enemy combatant -- using whatever criteria they wish -- then as
far as Congress, and U.S. law, is concerned, you are one,
whether or not you have had any connection to 'hostilities' at
We have established that the bill allows the
President to define American citizens as enemy combatants. Now
let's take it one step further.
Before this article is dismissed as another
extremist hyperbolic rant, please take a few minutes out of your
day to check for yourself the claim that Bush now has not only
the legal authority but the active blessings of his own advisors
to torture American children.