Tuesday, October 17, 2006

P-13 America... the Great.... POLICE STATE

Bush signs law on terror suspects WASHINGTON - President Bush signed legislation into law Tuesday that authorizes tough interrogation of terror suspects and smooths the way for their trials before military commissions but also gives detainees some legal protections. Bush called the bill a "vital tool" in a time of war.....

Bush's plan for treatment of the terror suspects became law just six weeks after he acknowledged that the CIA had been secretly interrogating suspected terrorists overseas and pressed Congress to quickly give authority to try them in military commissions....

"With the bill I'm about to sign, the men our intelligence officials believe orchestrated the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent people will face justice," Bush said....

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The last comment where Bush makes comment to 3,000 innocent people plays on the American fears of the so-called 9/11 attack... He also doesn't mention how many innocent people in other countries have been killed by the US, or of the nearly 3,000 American soldiers that has died in his unholy crusade in the war against terror...

That comment also takes the focus off the fact that it's not terrorists that this bill is affecting, it's everyone.. including American citizens who think this bill is protecting them... Any freedom and rights are now basically abolished as they are over-ridden by the military commissions.

"The truth is not in what people say.. but in what they don't say"..... Saysame JR

UPDATE '06 Oct 17 Bush signs bill on terror prosecution

Six weeks later, after a highly publicized dispute with key Republicans over the terms of the bill, Bush signed the new law "in memory of the victims of September the 11th."...... "It is a rare occasion when a president can sign a bill he knows will save American lives," Bush said. "I have that privilege this morning."

Civil libertarians and leading Democrats decried the law as a violation of American values. The American Civil Liberties Union said it was "one of the worst civil liberties measures ever enacted in American history." Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold (news, bio, voting record) of Wisconsin said, "We will look back on this day as a stain on our nation's history."

"It allows the government to seize individuals on American soil and detain them indefinitely with no opportunity to challenge their detention in court," Feingold said. "And the new law would permit an individual to be convicted on the basis of coerced testimony and even allow someone convicted under these rules to be put to death."

After Bush signed the law, CIA Director Mike Hayden sent a note to employees saying it gives them "the legal clarity and legislative support necessary to continue a program that has been one of our country's most effective tools in the fight against terrorism." ....... "We can be confident that our program remains — as it always has been — fully compliant with U.S. law, the Constitution and our international treaty obligations," Hayden wrote.


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