|WASHINGTON (AP) — Ignoring a presidential veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate moved methodically Thursday to complete a massive defense bill that would deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation's borders, the right to trial and subject them to indefinite detention. Read More…|
If you are over 30 and have a functioning synapses in you skull, you will recall that just a few years back it was the Democrats screaming that the Republicans were creating a police state in their single minded charge towards war in Iraq and the Afghanistan. Their enactment of the Patriot Acts and the National Defense Authorization Act were considered radical attacks on the Constitution and civil rights.
Here we are just a few years down the road and those military incursions continue, the Patriot Acts (both I & II) , as well as the National Defense Authorization Act stand unchallenged. Now, to extend the erosion of The Peoples Rights and Constitutional limits on the power of government American citizens can be held without trial FOREVER! This is the same power that the governments of Hitler, Stalin, Nero, Pol Pot, not to mention Saddam Hussein, and every other despotic regime throughout history has ever wielded. This authority renders all other Rights, you imagine yourself to have moot.
What good does the Right to free speech offer when your words can only echo off the walls of a cell in solitary confinement? What comfort does the right of a free press confer when those who invoke this right will disappear quietly into detention camps where dissenting voices are silenced anonymously forever. How much social progress can you claim when Universal Health Care comes at the discretion of your request to your cell blocks duty officer for the day?
Terrorism is a crime, no greater than mass-murder, no more egregious than crimes against humanity, no more vile than genocide, however we have and continue to offer a trial to those accused of committing these offences. Why would an often ambiguous charge of “terrorism” be treated any different?
“In ALL CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS, the accused shall enjoy the right to a SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL , BY AN IMPARTIAL JURY of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; TO BE CONFRONTED BY THE WITNESSES AGAINST HIM; to have COMPULSORY PROCESS FOR OBTAINING WITNESSES in his favor, and TO HAVE THE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL FOR HIS DEFENSE.”