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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:56 AM
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Habeas Corpus, the Patriot Act, and Quantanimo
let me state this as plainly and simply as I can ...

a war crimes tribunal should be convened ... I don't need to see bush whimpering on TV anymore ... I don't need to see Rumsfeld "falling on his sword" to save bush ... I'm sick of bush .. i'm sick of republicans ... i'm sick of right-wing Christians ... i'm sick of the spin ...

and make no mistake about it ... war crimes can be punishable by death ... should bush be executed? if the evidence so warrants !!!

now, the point of this post is to highlight the absurd position being taken in the courts by the bush administration in the guise of John Ashcroft over the administration's "right" under the Patriot Act to hide away in prison anyone they select and provide that person with no access to counsel ...

bush has argued that "enemy combatants" do not have a right to see an attorney even if they are American citizens ... and if the adminstration labels you an enemy combatant, you have no mechanism to defend yourself ... this is a clear violation of habeas corpus which is defined as:

HABEAS CORPUS, remedies A writ of habeas corpus is an order in writing, signed by the judge who grants the same, and sealed with the seal of the court of he is a judge, issued in the name of the sovereign power where it is granted, by such a court or a judge thereof, having lawful authority to issue the same, directed to any one having a person in his custody or under his restraint, commanding him to produce, such person at a certain time and place, and to state the reasons why he is held in custody, or under restraint.

and the courts are often hesitant to cross the line when it comes to intervening in "national security" issues ... but if someone doesn't stand up to protect the Constitution's codification of checks and balances, who will ?? an unrestrained executive branch symbolizes the death of our Constitution and the end of liberty ...

need we look any further than the Iraqi prisons to understand the evils inherent in unchecked power when the accused do not have full access to the judicial process?

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Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:11 AM
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1. This stuff is at the Supreme Court right now
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:17 AM
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2. Many of us have written to the court
I enciourage yuo to do such

They are called Amicus Briefs and YOU DO NOT need to be a lawyer.

I may just pen another one today.
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Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:19 AM
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3. good idea
Edited on Thu May-06-04 11:25 AM by 56kid
:)
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:58 PM
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4. a little evening kick
it's kind of important to tie what happened in Iraq's prisons to our loss, under the Patriot Act, of Constitutionally protected liberties in this country ...

the two are very related ...
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