Thursday, October 05, 2006

There goes the Republic, up in smoke

The House and Senate passed the Military Commission Act of 2006. To sum up, it codified the transition of Bush from President to Dictator.

For starters, it gives the President and Secretary of Defense the power to determine if someone is an unlawful enemy combatant (948d Jurisdiction of military commission, section (c) Determination of Unlawful Enemy Combatant Status Dispositive). Unlawful enemy combatants have no rights at all. For example, the Secretary of Defense can prescribe DEATH as the penalty.

Statements obtained from torture are prohibited - hooray! Oh, except when the degree of coercion is disputed AND the military judge find that totality of the cirucmstances renders the statement reliable AND the interests of justice would be served by admission of the statement. [Section 948r., (a) (b) (c) (d)]
How handy for Bush & Co.

Evidence obtained without a search warrant? Who cares - let it in!
[Section 949a. (b) (2) (A) (B) (C) (D)]
Oh, and statements of the accused shall not be excluded from trial... on grounds of alleged coercion or compulsory self-incrimination.
Amendment no. 5 - it was nice knowing you. And you too, Amendment no. 8.

There's more, much more, but frankly after wading through 26 pages of 96, this writer needs to go on a 3-day bender.

Military Commission Act of 2006

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