Martial Law in the USA, Gitmo-style

Levin, McCain, and the sharpie that redacted habeas corpus

Maybe this belong on Tinfoil Tuesday, but I better post it now before my email addy gets submitted to the Obama campaign and I win all-expense vacay to sunny Gitmo.

So, a year before 2012 elections, a few months after Dems were “joking” about canceling Congressional elections, and just when Obama is saying he didn’t know how bad things were and therefore he needs more time to fix everything, Senate passes a law that legalizes locking up American citizens on US Soil indefinitely.

How bad is it? According to Greenwald, this is what it does:

(1) mandates that all accused Terrorists be indefinitely imprisoned by the military rather than in the civilian court system; it also unquestionably permits (but does not mandate) that even U.S. citizens on U.S. soil accused of Terrorism be held by the military rather than charged in the civilian court system (Sec. 1032);

(2) renews the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) with more expansive language: to allow force (and military detention) against not only those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and countries which harbored them, but also anyone who “substantially supports” Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces” (Sec. 1031); and,

(3) imposes new restrictions on the U.S. Government’s ability to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo (Secs. 1033-35).

So, if you are accused of being a terrorist, supporting a terrorist, or looking like a terrorist, the military is required to lock you up. Indefinitely. And if they happen to throw you in Gitmo, good luck getting even a sympathetic congress critter to get you out.

And as anyone who has been through airport security recently knows, the TSA has shown us who these suspected American terrorists are – 80 year old grannies in walkers, six year old kids, and anyone in between.

This is a law so bad that all the people who really fight terrorism are against it:

In fact, the heads of several security agencies, including the FBI, CIA, the director of national intelligence and the attorney general objected to the legislation. The Pentagon also said it was against the bill.

So why did it pass? It is typical of the party in power to keep grabbing more power, but what explains the GOP support? Are they just automatically hawkish beyond all common sense? Is it true that Darth Cheney lobbied for it? And will they let me tweet from my Gitmo cell?


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28 Responses to Martial Law in the USA, Gitmo-style

  1. myiq2xu says:

    At least I’ll get to spend my golden years someplace warm.

  2. votermom says:

    Hillbuzz has a post on it, with a link to contact info to congress critters.

    Also, can’t beat this:

    This evening at 6:58 p.m., 90 Democrats and 193 Republicans voted AYE to give the most corrupt president in U.S. history the power to kidnap and detain Americans anywhere in the world, forever, just on the basis of his opinion that they’re terrorists.
    I’m kind of at a loss for words here, which may be appropriate, since technically anything I say can now be used against me by the president of the United States.

    Read more

  3. DandyTiger says:

    This somehow makes all that noise about wall street so stunningly unimportant.

  4. votermom says:

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    this is just disgusting. 👿

  6. DeniseVB says:

    This is from our local news guy who asked BO if he takes any personal responsibility for the poor economy. Simple answer, No, it took 30 years (and Reagan, George H.W.B, Clinton, GWB ?) to get us where we are today, and it will take a long time to recover.

    Sounds like he wants to be President for Life ? Or just making a sound byte for his idiot voting base? Or both? 😀

  7. OldCoastie says:

    I am officially really really scared now.

    good grief! what has this country come to?

    • cynic says:

      and no one questioned Obama when he said that we were 5 days away from fundamentally transforming America.

      Elections have consequences. I am simply amazed at what’s going on around us and people are TOTALLY clueless. It’s just so eye opening.
      I had a very good friend of 20+ years think that I didn’t like Obama because I didn’t like black people. It was so depressing that it made me cry.

    • fif says:

      It’s truly bizarre. And they are simultaneously working on regulating the internet…

  8. DandyTiger says:

    Anyone else see the great sad irony that today is Bill of Rights Day?

  9. glennmcgahee says:

    I just keep remember those poor suckers who didn’t have a pot to piss in that were tricked by the FBI in Miami into saying that they wanted to join Al Qaeda or something like that and were promised a clubhouse and UNIFORMS! Then arrested. They were barely literate and lived in the worst ghetto area in Miami.

  10. glennmcgahee says:

    They were tried in The US Jurisprudence system and most aquitted except one who had some charges stick but none too seriously.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Good thing that happened before this law was passed. Otherwise they never would have seen the light of day or a courtroom.

  11. DandyTiger says:

    I guess the usual Obot trolls are busy today. I’m not seeing so much justification for this. /snark

  12. 1539days says:

    John McCain’s ultimate revenge against Obots
    and everyone else.

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