17 October 2006

Darkest Day in American History

Military Commissions Act of 2006

A disgusting piece of tyranny, portrayed as a necessary protection for American citizens that has the exact opposite impact, was passed by Democrats and Republicans, Conservatives and Liberals and has been signed into law by George W. Bush. It marks today as the darkest day in American history.

Use the Library of Congress to search for the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to read the bill yourself. Wake up and smell the detention centers.

Section 1, Article 9 of the United States Constitution states: The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

Subchapter 7, section 7 of the new law states:
No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider an application for a writ of habeas corpus filed by or on behalf of an alien detained by the United States who has been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or is awaiting such determination.
(2) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 1005(e) of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 (10 U.S.C. 801 note), no court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider any other action against the United States or its agents relating to any aspect of the detention, transfer, treatment, trial, or conditions of confinement of an alien who is or was detained by the United States and has been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as an enemy combatant or is awaiting such determination.
b) Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act , and shall apply to all cases, without exception, pending on or after the date of the enactment of this Act which relate to any aspect of the detention, transfer, treatment, trial, or conditions of detention of an alien detained by the United States since September 11, 2001.

Crimes that are now triable by military commission:

Murder, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, attacking protected property, pillaging (theft), denying quarter, taking hostages, employing poisons (drug dealing), using protected persons as a shield, using protected property as a shield, torture, cruel or inhuman treatment, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, mutilating, destruction of property in violation of the law of war (vandalism), using treachery, improperly using a flag of truce, improperly using a distinctive emblem, mistreating a dead body, rape, sexual assault or abuse, hijacking a vessel or aircraft, providing material support for terrorism, wrongfully aiding the enemy, spying, conspiracy, perjury, obstruction of justice, and contempt.

Additional sections of interest regarding who is covered:

(26) WRONGFULLY AIDING THE ENEMY- Any person subject to this chapter who, in breach of an allegiance or duty to the United States, knowingly and intentionally aids an enemy of the United States, or one of the co-belligerents of the enemy, shall be punished as a military commission under this chapter may direct.

(b) Contempt- A military commission under this chapter may punish for contempt any person who uses any menacing word, sign, or gesture in its presence, or who disturbs its proceedings by any riot or disorder.


2 comments:

Marcus G. said...

Is this for real? How did I miss this? Why didn't I hear about this on the news? What are these peopel thinking? Thanks for writing this stuff. Wow. I need a drink.

Anonymous said...

I am sickened by this runaway train called" THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION" Shame on congress for allowing him these powers and shame on us if we don't dump every last one of them come next Tuesday. Even members of his own party must know in their hearts in their quiet moments, in the dark of night, that this is wrong.
How the hell do they sleep at night? History will show them for what they are. A bunch of sheep migrating regularily for another drink of the kool aid that has become "THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION". Shameful.