Tuesday, September 26, 2006

More good news. The Republican Congress wants to broaden the definition of enemy combatant in the new "compromise" torture bill to include those who have "purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States", which is an awfully broad net. Sure, it doesn't sound too bad, but the bill also removes the right to habeas corpus, and gives the executive branch the right to determine who does and does not fit that criteria. And remember that this is the administration that describes the New York Times as "giving aid and comfort to the enemy". Also, they want room to include U.S. citizens in the definition. Read the article: Detainee Measure to Have Fewer Restrictions.

Even if they never use it, this bill would give the President the legal right to lock up American citizens and use the same "coercive measures" that were used on our POWs that led us to push for the Geneva Conventions. I can't believe this is happening in my country. I really can't.

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