Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The death of liberty

This morning, with the crowd cheering him on, President Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. When this bill becomes law, this will mean:

  1. No more speedy and public trials (all this president, and future presidents, can do is to secretly lock you away without charges for the remainder of the war [i.e., forever]).
  2. No more trials by jury.
  3. No more habeas corpus.
  4. The President alone can decide whether or not he wants to name you an "enemy combatant".
  5. No more lawyers
  6. No more free speech.
  7. No more the right to assemble.
  8. No more the right to keep and bear arms.
  9. No more privacy.
  10. No more security.
  11. Cruel and unusual punishments (i.e., torture) are okay.
  12. The 9th and 10th Amendments are just "paper tigers".
  13. And so on, and so on, ad nauseam.
And make no mistake; the President can label both an alien and a citizen alike an "enemy combatant" (e.g., Jose Padilla), even though the bureaucrats will lie to you and say otherwise. If you don't believe me, watch the sobering message from Keith Olbermann. Like Senator Padme Amidala said in Star Wars III, when the republic transformed itself into an empire, "So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause." God help us, because our elected officials won't. Both/either God, and/or the people themselves.


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