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"Military Commissions Act of 2006"

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

The Congress of the United States passed the "Military Commissions Act of 2006"
1) authorizing detention without judicial review of persons
2) designated "enemy combatants" by the executive branch, again without judicial review or requirements for clear criteria,
3) applies a very much narrowed definition of torture, and essentially repudiates the Geneva convention,
4) eliminates accountability for past violations of laws on torture and illegal detention, and
5) the bill itself forbits judicial review of itself.

The Democrats, fearing A rethuglican smear campaign for being "soft of terror", rolled over and played dead. The republicans put aside any pretense of objection for the same reason. Now our own government is in a greater position to "legally" cause terror (extrajudicial detention, torture, extraordinary rendition, "disappearances", etc.) within this country to our own citizens than all of Al Queda combined!

When they waterboarded the detainees,
The senate said nothing,
For they were just "enemy combatants".

When they come for you and me,
The senate will still be silent,
For fear of Karl Rove's political hit squads.

This is the equivalent, in the modern era, of the first of the Nuremberg Laws. It essentially denies the humanity, and thus the rights, of anyone designated by the fickle executive to be an "enemy combatant" ('enemy of the state' is the 1930's term).

BTW, this rapes the shit out of the IVth, Vth, VIth, and VIII Amendments. Then again, the rethuglicans have shat all over the First, Fourth, and Fifth for years now. Also, they only pay lip service to the Second - the Katrina debacle showed us that.



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
It's lock and load time.

When the framers of the Constitution did their thing, they had a specific intent when they said "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
I think I've decided what I want for X-mas: a Glock.
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
You'll need more than that.

AK or AR for mid-range engagements. DE (I'd recommend the .50AE MKVII for long-range plinking... you can be a sniper with a handgun). Mossberg MILSPEC 590 for up-close-and-personal. And maybe a few blades. And learn how to self-load.

Yea, you knew I was a nutter. Cassandra Complex sux.

Neca eos omnes.
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Remember, I only have one working hand. So I have to take that into consideration when I go for range practice - it's not nice to freak out people near you when practicing.
Sep. 29th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
I know that. That makes you all the more dangerous. The apparently vulnerable are much more deadly than us big guys.

And of course us big guys will be right there with you.

$DEITY will know his/her/its own.
Sep. 29th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
On the DE - my hand is rather average for a woman my height, so a .50 would be a bit big. I was thinking more along the lines of a .45 - maybe a Glock 21. If I want to get good, I'd have to put in a lot of range time, then I might go for a target/match type pistol.

Which reminds me, I have to get a new knife target and try my throwers again... Yeah, I know, you shouldn't throw weapons. But they're not really good HTH - too small.
Sep. 29th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
Not time for violence yet.
Not enough of an excuse. You'll still be branded a nut.

Wait for them to fuck up. Wait for them to start hoarding clearly innocent people in broad daylight.

Then burn them all.

This is legislation Enabling them to come after demographics. You need to wait for them to start attacking demographics though.

Nothing wrong in preparing i suppose.

Sep. 29th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Not time for violence yet.
Wait for them to fuck up. Wait for them to start hoarding clearly innocent people in broad daylight.

Exactly. The time to practice shooting is long before you *might* need to do it for real.

This is legislation Enabling them to come after demographics. You need to wait for them to start attacking demographics though.

If/when this shit starts, we need to know how we'll deal with it.

If it comes to shooting, I won't be blogging. A person a while ago told me that I'd know when the ballot box had failed, and what to do.

Vote the Bastards Out while we Still Can!!!!!
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
May I link?
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Of course. The post is public.
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
Although, Marbury v Madison should (in theory) trump forbidding judicial review of the bill itself.

Even if the Supremes don't have a pair, I still do.
Sep. 29th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Before we start shooting people, a small correction :From cnsnews

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 (H.R. 6054) passed on a 253-168 vote, with 160 Democrats voting against it.

and the senate 65-34. So not all the democrats "rolled over and played dead" there's just not a lot you can do as the minority party.

So after gun practice go out and VOTE in 2006.
Sep. 29th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Go Out and VOTE in 2006 (and 2008, etc).
...go out and VOTE in 2006.

Agreed. We have a narrow window in which to peacefully reclaim our country and our values from cynical, callous, tyrant wannabe right-wing nuts.

We need to be the angry ones, shouting "not in my name" to torture and denial of habeas corpus.

We need to get downright "intolerant" about it. Tolerance doesn't mean doormat.
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