03 August 2006

If Bush gets his way, you could be held as an enemy combatant

Yesterday, the Washington Post published an article alleging that the Bush administration is looking to not only legitimize its military tribunal system for "enemy combatants", but to also expand their jurisdiction to add "crimes at will".

If they succeed, "defendants would lack rights to confront accusers, exclude hearsay accusations, or bar evidence obtained through rough or coercive interrogations. They would not be guaranteed a public or speedy trial and would lack the right to choose their military counsel, who in turn would not be guaranteed equal access to evidence held by prosecutors."

[Read story.]

In other words, you or I could get trapped at Guantanamo for years on end with no legal recourse just for writing or reading this blog. Or for doing anything that the Bush administration might find questionable, objectionable, or annoying.

Under this system, you are presumed guilty until proven innocent. And you might never get the opportunity to be proven innocent.

Have a nice day.

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