Befor anyone reads what I have to say, I encourage them to look at the movie Rendition and then look at You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days inside Guantanamo (2010)
and guantanamo prison( guantanamo hapishanesi) and finally A Few Good Men. Now, tell me, is this what we as a nation are about? Is this the world we would like to leave our children? We have enough problems with the jails and prisons of the nation.
I do believe that this is going to be the sadist day in American history. The worst part is that it is both the democratic and republican parties that are in cahoots over the indefinite detention of Americans without due process or representation. As bad as anything is the fact that the “…legislation’s supporters in Congress say it simply codifies existing practice…” and so now we are going to make it legal and drop the last stone in place.
Think our jails and prisons are full now then just wait till the definition of terrorist grows. It will sure grow till Guantanamo can’t hold them and then they will find a way to hold them in the US.
Back in the day, I remember reading all kinds of literature saying that our social security numbers would never be used for identification purposes and anyone that demanded it for such purposes could be prosecuted. Then came the day when the marine corps stopped issuing numbers and started using the social security number as an identification tag. Now, go to any financial institution and see how far you get when you refuse to give your social security number. Just try to get a driver’s license or state ID card without giving your number. Then try to get on an airplane without a valid state photo ID.
We have seen how overzealous prosecutors have creatively bent all kinds of laws to serve purposes they were never intended to get a conviction that never should have happened. Then again, we only have to look at the recent DOJ gun operation “fast and furious.” that violated all kinds of laws and no one is being punished for yet those weapons have been used to kill American law enforcement officials.
Among the 10,000 aspects of this law is the fact we are converting the military into a police force. We saw what happened in the post civil war period when this happened and legislation was passed to make sure the military never again would become a police force. The article goes on to say that “…In fact, the heads of several security agencies, including the FBI, CIA, the director of national intelligence and the attorney general objected to the legislation. The Pentagon also said it was against the bill….” So, who wins? I offer only those who passed it and in so doing they only have to declare a person a terrorist to implement it. Can say the number of times I have heard every thing from the Tea Party to NAACP declared terrorists by who knows what politician.
The legislation’s supporters in Congress say it simply codifies existing practice, such as the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists at Guantánamo Bay. But the law’s critics describe it as a draconian piece of legislation that extends the reach of detention without trial to include US citizens arrested in their own country.
“It’s something so radical that it would have been considered crazy had it been pushed by the Bush administration,” said Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch. “It establishes precisely the kind of system that the United States has consistently urged other countries not to adopt. At a time when the United States is urging Egypt, for example, to scrap its emergency law and military courts, this is not consistent.”
There was heated debate in both houses of Congress on the legislation, requiring that suspects with links to Islamist foreign terrorist organizations arrested in the US, who were previously held by the FBI or other civilian law enforcement agencies, now be handed to the military and held indefinitely without trial.
The law applies to anyone “who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaida, the Taliban or associated forces”….”
Today it is al-Qaida and the Taliban but who knows how the definition will be stretched tomorrow. We might reconsider who the real terrorists are and that just may be those that are passing laws of this nature.
Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial
WHO OKs military detention of terrorism suspects
Indefinite Detention’ Bill Heads To Obama’s Desk As White House Drops Veto Threat
Detaining US citizens: How did we get here?
Another question comes up, do we want the same people, officials or government defining terrorists or involved in the battle of terrorism that sent over 2,000 guns to the Mexican cartel defining terrorism and protecting their careers? Officials cover up culpability for gun smuggling and murder And then from Salon.com there is this: Three myths about the detention bill
It has only recently come to light that the DEA and intelligence agencies have been involved in money laundering operations in the millions. Mexican ex-officials work for US intelligence: report