Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The noxious Military Commissions Act of 2006:

Yesterday, W. finally got around to signing the noxious Military Commissions Act of 2006. Oddly, this time around the bill was penned by King George sans the obligatory signing statement. I guess that's really no surprise, though, because Congress went out of its way to rubber stamp everything W. & Co. wanted. I mean, what could they possibly have to complain about? The lack of 'constitutional concerns' for this measure -- the typical WH rationale for signing statements -- is particularly ironic seeing as this law is so outrageously unconstitutional.

Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus; allowing evidence extracted from torture; giving the president the power to "interpret the meaning and application" of the Geneva Conventions; giving him the power to classify anyone he wants to as an "enemy combatant" and then detain them indefinitely without charges, has got to be the perfect early Christmas present for the dictator who has everything.

What a travesty! What a betrayal of the legacy of liberty and freedom handed down from our Founding Fathers. What a shameful miscarriage of democratic values perpetrated on the American people by these Reichstag rodents calling themselves patriots. Even more abhorrent, however, than even this sick perversion of all we hold dear and what almost 3,000 U.S. soldiers have died fighting to defend in Iraq and Afghanistan; is the president claiming that he signed the bill "in memory of the victims of 9/11."

How diabolically cynical and loathsome! If the American people don't rise up and punish the Republican majority in Congress for their craven, lily-livered, capitulation to the closest thing this country has ever had to a dictator, then we might as well just move to Russia where at least there's no pretense about the autocratic nature of the government there.


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