Actually MaraM, it doesn't stop with just non-citizens;
The Act authorizes the President or the Secretary of Defense, via a Combatant Status Review Tribunal or a competent tribunal, to designate any person - including an American citizen - as an unlawful enemy combatant, without guidelines for making that designation.
Well it was a good run, you couldn't really expect it to last forever could you? Two hundred and thirty years of a citizen run country with freedom and justice for all. Well.... forty some years anyway if you really want to nit pick about the shameful way our country treated the blacks and other minorities, but thats another story anyway.
I have nothing but respect for the Republicans on this issue. You really have to admire a political party that was able in only six years time to destroy the very foundation of the freedoms that so many Americans have died throughout our history to give us. The British couldn't do it, the Germans, Italians and Japanese couldn't do it, but here we are in the dawn of the Twenty-first century and the Republican party is only a stroke of a pen away from giving our Constitution a chop job the likes of which has never been seen before and will never be seen again. It will never be seen again because this has the possibility of destroying our freedoms as we have known them.
My God people, are you going to stand for this? 65 of our illustrious Senators and 250 of our glorious Representatives have voted for this bill. This bill not only strips the most fundamental building block out of our Constitution (Habeas Corpus) it also condones the use of torture
. Torture people, is this what you believe America is all about?
If you do than when you or your loved loved ones are suddenly whisked away in the dark of the night to be "detained" and "questioned," you will have no one to blame but yourselves. Every single one of these 315 people, Republican, Democrat or whatever party they are from, needs to be voted and/or impeached from office now
for the incredible lack of judgment they have demonstrated in voting for this issue. People who would throw away the very foundation of our freedom for a moments fleeting sense of security should not be left in charge of this country.
A law like this buys no American any safety, a law like this has the potential to destroy this country.
Edited by Ronbo, 17 October 2006 - 12:22 AM.
There is no justice, there is just us.