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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-30-06 08:52 PM
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I'll Meet You All At "The New Gitmo"
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Are you an "enemy combatant"? Am I?
I'll Meet You All At "The New Gitmo"

Bush intends to "fix" the Hamdan situation by making it worse. He hopes to expand his abilities to subject American citizens to military justice -- with a presumption of guilt.

B) "Unlawful" enemy combatants are persons not entitled to combatant immunity, who engage in acts against the United States or its coalition partners in violation of the laws and customs of war during an armed conflict. Spies and saboteurs are traditional examples of unlawful enemy combatants. For purposes of the war on terrorism, the term Unlawful Enemy Combatant is defined to include, but is not limited to, an individual who is or was part of or supporting Taliban or al Qaeda forces, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.

This bit is to be removed:

to have committed a belligerent act in aid of such an organization so engaged, or

(C) to have directly supported hostilities in aid of such enemy armed forces.

In other words, to be an enemy combatant, you need no longer commit a billigerent act. You need merely act against the current administration's war policies in any way -- for example, by protesting or writing an editorial against the war. Furthering the point, we have the following:

The President is authorized to establish military commissions for the trial of enemy combatants for violations of the laws and customs of war...

At present, this line refers to "alien enemy combatants." By striking out the word "alien," the Bushites have signaled their intention to Gitmo-ize domestic dissidents. Which explains why the administration plans to expand the Guantanamo gulag:

New maximum-security jail to open at Guantanamo Bay

Far from winding down, the controversial US detention centre is expanding
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
Published: 30 July 2006

The controversy over the US-run detention centre at Guantanamo Bay is to erupt anew with confirmation by the Pentagon that a new, permanent prison will open in the Cuban enclave in the next few weeks.
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