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Freedom_from_Chains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-18-06 03:56 AM
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History should record October 17, 2006, as the reverse of July 4, 1776.
From the noble American ideal of each human being possessing unalienable rights as declared by the Founders 230 years ago amid the ringing of bells in Philadelphia, the United States effectively rescinded that concept on a dreary fall day in Washington.

At a crimped ceremony in the East Room of the White House, President George W. Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 while sitting behind a sign reading Protecting America.

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I particularly liked this part.

When Congress was debating the military tribunal law in September, some Americans were reassured to hear that the law would apply to non-U.S. citizens, such as legal resident aliens and foreigners. Indeed, the law does specify that illegal enemy combatants must be aliens who allegedly have attacked U.S. targets or those of U.S. military allies.

But the law goes much further when it addresses what can happen to people alleged to have given aid and comfort to Americas enemies. According to the laws language, even American citizens who are accused of helping terrorists can be shunted into the military tribunal system where they could languish indefinitely without constitutional protections

Seeing how the right wing spin machine has been accusing Democrats for some time now of giving aid and comfort to the enemy I guess this now means that any Democrat who opposes the war can be imprisoned indefinitely.

(con't) http://www.consortiumnews.com/2006/101806.html
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Kiouni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-18-06 04:45 AM
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1. we have a lot of clean up work
to do in '08
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Freedom_from_Chains Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-18-06 04:48 AM
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2. I'm waiting to see if there is actually an election in 06
before making any plans.
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