Tuesday, October 17, 2006

In Mourning

The Death of Democracy
President George W. Bush signed the odious, horrific, unconscionable Military Commissions Act (aka the War Criminals Protection Act) into law today. It is now official that the United States of America is a country that kidnaps and tortures innocent people, and protects war criminals from the consequences of their actions.
Here's the AP wire story, via Truthdig;

President Bush is signing a law that sets tough standards for interrogation and prosecution of terror suspects, a major White House victory that demonstrates Bush still has the political power to set the rules of war even as Iraq clouds his presidency.

Bush’s plan becomes law just six weeks after he acknowledged that the CIA had been secretly interrogating suspected terrorists overseas and pressed Congress to quickly give authority to try them in military commissions.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said that after Bush signs the legislation Tuesday, the government will immediately begin moving toward the goal of prosecuting some of the high-value suspects being held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He expected it would take a month or two to get “things moving toward a trial phase.”

Nothing to see here folks. Go back to whatever you were doing. And a word to the wise - try not to look too enemy combatant-y.

Once Upon a Time - RevPhat
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A Sad Day For America - SadButTrue

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