There he goes again. With the stroke of pen, George Bush has usurped more power for himself.
The Military Commissions Act of 2006, aka the “Unlimited Detention And Torture Bill,” will allow Bush to hold prisoners at his pleasure (“King George,” anyone?), extract information from them and try them with that questionable information, but with few legal rights.
We need to incarcerate terrorists; it’s hard to disagree with that. But we should also decide within a reasonable amount of time if we are going to try them, and on what charges. I’m not sure how not doing that protects us. Maybe, if we don’t find any damning evidence, it will give us time to make some shit up?
Now that those harsh interrogations are specifically permitted by our law, we will not have any grounds to complain when a US citizen is arrested overseas and is mistreated because it is that country’s law. Don’t tell me the State Department and the American Embassy wouldn’t object to an American citizen undergoing some of the same things that we put our war prisoners through.
A glaring problem with this law is, while we are maintaining the talking point that we do not torture, if we do not define what is permissible in an interrogation, then anything is.
Defining would mean having a “yes” and “no” list with specific acts/techniques named. Oh, and making that list public. Otherwise, you see, it seems like you’re trying to get away with something you shouldn’t.
As for trial, I think that on principle we should extend some basic legal rights to other human beings. That’s what I’d expect from a progressive nation that thinks so highly of itself. It doesn’t mean "baby" the accused. Try them with valid evidence, and if the fuckers are guilty, punish them.
It’s like beating a dead horse (not torture, because it's dead) to say that myself and others who oppose torture don’t love terrorists. I think they are misguided murderers. But I understand that torture and hypocrisy should never be considered American values. It’s ironic that we’re violating those in an alleged attempt to protect them.I don’t know what that one bill that pushes Bush over into the absolute ruler column will be called, but I already have a suggestion: The “We Are All Bloody Fools” Bill.