Thursday, September 28, 2006

They're fucking doing it

Remember my warnings back half a year ago?

Well, they're fucking doing it.

Attorneys for the Center for Constitutional Rights claim that what appears to be the final version of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 could allow the government to detain the attorneys themselves as 'enemy combatants.' CCR Legal Director Bill Goodman said: "This bill makes a mockery of the rule of law."

The current version of the Military Commissions redefines an "unlawful enemy combatant" so broadly that it could include anyone who organizes a march against the war in Iraq. The bill defines a UEC as "a person who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States" or anyone who "has been determined to be an unlawful enemy combatant by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal or another competent tribunal established under the authority of the President or the Secretary of Defense of the United States." The definition makes no reference to citizenship and therefore could be read to include any number of individuals, including:


In Australia, an anti-terrorism bill was passed reaffirming the disused anti-sedition law, threatning dissenters with up to seven years of jail, and Britain passed legislation in March 2006 that bans "glorification of terrorism".

Back then, I predicted that this would be be used in the United States as a precedent for passing similar legislation, regardless of theoretical constitutional protections of freedom of speech. And it appears that the American legislation surpasses its British and Australian equivalents, as it would potentially land the accused in the same situation as José Padilla, with no access to a lawyer and detained indefinitely without charges, at the whim of the president of the United States, merely for expressing "hostilities' against the United States (read: pretty much any opinion that the Bush regime doesn't like).

Not good at all.

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