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Sunday, September 24, 2006

McCain and Bush: Compromising American values

So here we go again, one Republican claims that Bush is doing bad things for the cameras, then bends all his principles behind closed doors.

John McCain and Lindsey Graham and that stiff John Warner have betrayed the trust of the American people by allowing one of our most sacred rights to disappear into the arms of the most corrupt President in American history.

That right? The right of habeas corpus.

Habeas who, you ask? Habeas corpus, literally "you have the body", is the right of a prisoner to question the right of his detention. It is one of our most fundamental rights, stemming from the very beginning of citizen-state agreements, the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta, for those who've forgotten their high school history, was an agreement between the King of England and his subjects, which basically stated that he was not allowed to do some things without deligitimizing his rule. Essentially, if the monarch broke these rules, the people were allowed and indeed obligated to rise up against him (or her) and replace his government.

One of the most basic rights within the Magna Carta was the Writ of Habeas Corpus, essentially a legal document that a prisoner could file to ask the King why he or she was being imprisoned. This right, the right to question your imprisonment before a judge, has now been totally erased from our legal code when it comes to "terrorist suspects" in the "War on Terror".

This is a very, very dangerous situation. The bill basically says that if there is a war on, the President can do whatever he wants when it comes to prisoners, and if you can't question the fundamental reasons behind why you were imprisoned, the President will never have to defend his reasons for holding you, which means he doesn't have to pick you up for terrorism at all!

If you are a danger to this President's rule, as some labor and anti-war activists surely might be, you can be picked up and taken away and no one ever has to know why. The President can say you were involved in terrorism, but he doesn't really have to say anything, because no judge will ever see your case.

Thanks to John McCain, John Warner, Lindsay Graham, and the other GOP tools of this fascist regime, the Writ of Habeas Corpus has been "disappeared" for all detainees of this government.

I hope you don't mind water boarding, kiddies, because where you're going, that's just par for the course.

Categories: National Security State, Politics - National


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