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posted on Nov, 18 2003 @ 02:28 PM
Accused dirty bomber Jose Padilla has been rotting away in a cell for a year and a half at a Naval brig in South Carolina. The AMERICAN CITIZEN is being held incommunicado. Why? Because Heir Bush, the annointed one, has declared Padilla an enemy combatant. Because he SAID Padilla is a TERRORIST. He has yet to be charged with any crime. If there is proof of his criminal complicity in terrorist operations, then the government must CHARGE HIM.

This is not the America I grew up in.

This can happen to you, too.

Beware: all it takes for you to be disappeared is for the government to label you a terrorist, or, enemy combatant. You might be a pro-life supporter, a gun enthusiast or an anti-war protestor. If you get in their sites, you will have no hope. No mercy. No help. The media will dutifully brand you a terrorist. Everyone will believe it. You will be completely cut off. Forever.

What happens to American citizens who are declared enemy combatants under Patriot II? They are stripped of their citizenship. Forever.

This should scare the hell out of everyone.

5th Amendment to U.S. Constitution

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Appeals Court Weighs Case of Enemy Combatant
Judges Question Executive Branch Powers in Patriot Act

By Michelle Garcia
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 18, 2003; Page A03

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 -- Two federal appeals judges sharply questioned whether the president alone had the power to designate a U.S. citizen as an enemy combatant, and one of them noted that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks "didn't repeal the Constitution."

A three-member appeals court panel peppered a government lawyer with questions as it considered the case of Jose Padilla, who is suspected of conspiring with al Qaeda to explode a radiological "dirty bomb." The government never formally charged Padilla, 33, who has been locked for 18 months in a naval brig in South Carolina, without access to family, friends or a lawyer.

Judge Rosemary S. Pooler questioned whether Congress intended to grant such extraordinary powers to the executive branch. "If, in fact, the battlefield is the United States, I think Congress has to say that, and I don't think they have yet," she said, adding later that "as terrible as 9/11 was, it didn't repeal the Constitution."
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