Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Saturday, July 29, 2006
No Joke
Don't look now, but the Cheney administration wants a free hand to be able to detain American citizens without any due process.
WASHINGTON - U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.


According to the draft, the military would be allowed to detain all "enemy combatants" until hostilities cease. The bill defines enemy combatants as anyone "engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners who has committed an act that violates the law of war and this statute."

Legal experts said Friday that such language is dangerously broad and could authorize the military to detain indefinitely U.S. citizens who had only tenuous ties to terror networks like al Qaeda.
Can't really say I'm surprised.

It'll be interesting to see how coffee sipping, cell-phone using, SUV driving, Jesus loving, American Idol watching Amurikans respond.
Blogger Lynne said...
We could all be Jose Padilla.