Friday, March 5th, 2010
Look at points three and five of the proposed bill – itÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â completely contravenes any rational notion of your right to the security of your person. Americans may be held and interrogated indefinitely for any “…ther matters as the President considers appropriate.” That is the fuhrer precept, the vesting of the absolute power to ruin lives in the hands of the president on any arbitrary whim. If this goes through, you have no rights in the US. They may as well rename the office of president to ‘The Decider’.
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Marc Ambinder, The Atlantic Monthly
March 5, 2010
Why is the national security community treating the “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,” introduced by Sens. John McCain and Joseph Lieberman on Thursday as a standard proposal, as a simple response to the administration’s choices in the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt? A close reading of the bill suggests it would allow the U.S. military to detain U.S. citizens without trial indefinitely in the U.S. based on suspected activity. Read the bill here, and then read the summarized points after the jump.
According to the summary, the bill sets out a comprehensive policy for the detention, interrogation and trial of suspected enemy belligerents who are believed to have engaged in hostilities against the United States by requiring these individuals to be held in military custody, interrogated for their intelligence value and not provided with a Miranda warning.
(There is no distinction between U.S. persons–visa holders or citizens–and non-U.S. persons.)