Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mr Hopey Changey's America

Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial

"Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticised by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of "a war that appears to have no end".

The law, contained in the defence authorisation bill that funds the US military, effectively extends the battlefield in the "war on terror" to the US and applies the established principle that combatants in any war are subject to military detention.

The legislation's supporters in Congress say it simply codifies existing practice, such as the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists at Guantánamo Bay. But the law's critics describe it as a draconian piece of legislation that extends the reach of detention without trial to include US citizens arrested in their own country.

"It's something so radical that it would have been considered crazy had it been pushed by the Bush administration," said Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch. "It establishes precisely the kind of system that the United States has consistently urged other countries not to adopt."

How many times has this sort of shit been tried? This fascist bus plunge always ends in disaster, disgrace and above all , abject failure. If arrest and detention can result in incarceration without charges and trial, how soon do you think no one in their right mind will allow themselves to be taken into any custody? A few egregious examples of disappearing citizens and violent over reaction by empire's thugs will set off a firestorm the reptiles seem unwilling to imagine. Maybe they think their fluoride lobotomy program will drug us into calm acceptance. I tend to think a few too many citizens won't get with this nouveau fascist iteration.

Same Old Shit, Just Newest Assholes


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