Senators from both parties, Democrat, and Republican, were the ones to introduce a new bill called: “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,”
The Republican Senator is John McCain (who should be ashamed of himself), and the Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman(who should also be ashamed of himself).
The problem with this bill is that, and I quote:
“sets out a comprehensive policy for the detention, interrogation and trial of suspected enemy belligerents who are believed to have engaged in hostilities against the United States by requiring these individuals to be held in military custody, interrogated for their intelligence value and not provided with a Miranda warning,”
Excerpted from original link.
There is no distinction between U.S. citizen, and non-U.S. citizen.
The bill also gives such a broad definition of who could be an "enemy belligerent", that basically anyone they want can be one.
Here are the definition of what this new bill considers an "enemy belligerent":
(1) poses a threat of an attack on civilians or civilian facilities within the U.S. or U.S. facilities abroad; (2) poses a threat to U.S. military personnel or U.S. military facilities; (3) potential intelligence value; (4) is a member of al Qaeda or a terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda or (5) such other matters as the President considers appropriate.
So whoever the President considers appropiate will be an "enemy belligerent"....
President Obama has already gone on television and stated that he wanted to make legal the ability of the government to detain anyone, even if they haven't committed any crime, but rather to the "possibility" that such person "could commit a crime", and such detention could be done for years, and such a person would have no rights whatsoever.
We even have had threads showing a video of Rachel Maddow comment on "President Obama indefinite detention wish".
Now it seems that President Obama got his wish with this new bill.
I tried looking for one of the threads that has the video using the "search" function of ATS, but for some reason it came out with nothing.
I had to use google to find the video.
(visit the link for the full news article)
[edit on 9-3-2010 by ElectricUniverse]