From the daily archives: Friday, September 29, 2006

Read it here. Some of the juicier bits:

By writing into law for the first time the definition of an “unlawful enemy combatant,” the bill empowers the executive branch to detain indefinitely anyone it determines to have “purposefully and materially” supported anti-U.S. hostilities. Only foreign nationals among those detainees can be tried by the military commissions, as they are known, and sentenced to decades in jail or put to death.

At the same time, the bill immunizes U.S. officials from prosecution for cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees who the military and the CIA captured before the end […]

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New Shamansky ad – “Straight”

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Brilliant. Presidential? (A: Maybe.)

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Habeas Corpus officially eliminated

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It’s official, torture/detainee bill passed the Senate last night. Several different amendments – to provide some kind of oversight program, to reinsert Habeas Corpus into the bill, and to put a five year sunset provision – all failed to pass.

The one thing Osama bin Laden couldn’t do – take away our freedoms – our Republican government enthusiastically did for him. Way to go, jackasses. And while many Democrats did vote against this, they were mostly absent from the discussion about this until voting day, and they were entirely too wishy-washy about the entire boondoggle. Way to go, […]

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