Tuesday, March 16, 2010

American Citizen To Be Held Indefinitely

As if fascism has not already had an obscene effect on the behavior of the U.S. government, there are politicians who can't seem to get enough of fascism.

If Senators McCAIN, LIEBERMAN, INHOFE, BROWN (MA), WICKER, CHAMBLISS, LEMIEUX, SESSIONS, and VITTER have their way, this will become law:
... a citizen of the United States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent ... may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners ... in which the individual has engaged, or which the individual has purposely and materially supported ...
(S. 3081, emphasis added). Can't you hear the prosecutor arguing about the definition of "materially supported" or "an unprivileged enemy belligerent".

If Cheney were the prosecutor those lawyers who defended accused GITMO detainees could be held in prison indefinitely.

Next would come bloggers and political opponents who were "unpatriotic".

Will this political sickness never end?


  1. You had to know it was coming. Gonna get worse - MUCH WORSE - before it gets better. Very convenient that the "War on Terror" is sufficiently vague that almost anyone can qualify as an "unprivileged enemy belligerent." And imagine, we haven't even glimpsed the collapse yet. People I know believe the recovery to be fully underway.

    You're right about the bloggers too. We're one more reactionary Republican administration away from a crackdown on political dissent of all forms, but especially the internet. Gonna be time to bid the matrix adieu when that happens. McCain/LIEberman - the gifts that just keep on giving (and giving, and giving...)

  2. disaffected,

    I shudder to think that even the democrats may be open to such tactics too.

    There are two posts at Raw Story which show that the Obama Administration is rejecting twice the number of FOIA requests as Bush II did; and Obama is threatening to veto spy agency oversight.