The president signed into law yesterday the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This law clears the way for the CIA to resume aggressive interrogations in secret prisons and denies suspected terrorists the right to challenge their detentions in civilian courts. It also allows the use of evidence obtained through coercion. It lets the president draw the line between acceptable interrogation techniques and unpermitted torture.
Essentially, this law suspends Habeas Corpus. Ironically, this occurs 135 years to the day that the last President U.S. Grant, suspended Habeas Corpus.
This legislation now permits President Bush or Donald Rumsfeld to declare anyone — US citizen or not — an enemy combatant, lock them up and throw away the key without a chance to prove their innocence in a court of law. Every thing the Founding Fathers fought to free themselves of from the British Empire was washed away with the stroke of a pen, idefinitely, with no sunset provision, all under the premise of a foreverlasting War on Terror.
You may be the biggest George W. supporter on earth. You may think that President will only use this amazing power to "pertekt Americuns." But what about the next President? Can you be so certain that the American democracy is so fool proof that this is a good thing for you, your children, and your grand children?
Of course, you'll never know, because there is no accountability. No checks and balances built in.
With George Bush, America embarked on climbing a slippery slope. With this bill, Bush rolls back hard-won American rights and we have lost our footing. We're now skidding on our asses down the slope.
When Bush was sworn into office, he promised to uphold the constitution of the United States. He has not done this. While he may be "pertekt'in Americuns," he is not protecting their rights.
Pray for the judiciary, that they may be enlightened and roll back this horrible law that shows the world, once again, that George Bush's America is not to be trusted nor taken seriously on matters of civil rights.