Saturday, September 30, 2006

US Citizens Can Now Be Deemed "Enemy Combatants" and Stripped of All Rights

""A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled President Bush has the authority to designate U.S. citizens as "enemy combatants" and detain them in military custody if they are deemed a threat to national security." Everyone get scared and submit."

"Because it is undisputed that Hamdi was captured in a zone of active combat in a foreign theater of conflict, we hold that the submitted declaration is a sufficient basis upon which to conclude that the commander-in-chief has constitutionally detained Hamdi pursuant to the war powers entrusted to him by the United States Constitution,"

I do not agree with many of the news articles coming out about "Enemy Combatants" to the extent that I have not found anything in the text of the cases, or bills like H.R. 6166 which includes American Citizens. In this particular case Hamdi was caught in a "foreign theater of conflict" in combat with his own country. This is treason in my book.

Don't get me wrong, I am 99.99% against torture, and 100% of these draconian laws being passed by Congress. I just think we all need to step back and make sure we are all fighting with correct information. We need to make it clear to our government we DON'T give the President the freedom to simply grab anyone he wants, or make his own rules up when he sees fit because of his "war powers". Power corrupts, and I see as time goes on here, it will corrupt completely.

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