Oct 2, 2006
On September 29, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. It gives the President authority to throw into jail anyone he wants, at any time, without regard to their legal rights and without any obligation to respect those rights – ever.
The core of the bill is the cancellation of the right of habeus corpus, that is, cancelling a jailed person’s right to be released if they are not officially charged with a crime. On the president’s say-so, any citizen can now be made to “disappear” into government prisons – for as long as the government wants, without any charges, let alone any trial.
Republicans pushed this bill. Democrats could have blocked it but did not.
Both parties find the bill handy for their respective election campaigns this year.
Republicans will use it to argue that they are defending the country and being “tough on terrorism.”
Democrats will thunder against the bill, in order to pose as defenders of essential civil liberties.
Voters are supposed to ignore the fact that they both lie like rugs.