Tuesday, November 29, 2011

No more right to a fair trial

As I understand it, John McCain is supporting a "proposed amendment to the pending defense authorization bill that could allow American citizens who are suspected of terrorism to be denied a civilian trial."

Suspected by whom?

Just think how handy this would have been back in the McCarthy era! The President could have just declared all those Hollywood actors "terrorists" and have them shipped off to a military prison with no rights to a civilian trial.

President Obama could just have charges against TEA Party activists--or political opponents--trumped up in order to have them sent to Gitmo to be held without the right to defend themselves in civilian court.

Some future President could just determine that Christian fundamentalists are no different than Muslim fundamentalists and and are all suspect.

This proposal sounds as unconstitutional as it is scary!

1 comment:

professor ed said...

This "concern" is being publicized heavily by Fox News. While I respect, for the the most part, their veracity, I would like to know more about this pending legislation. I certainly agree, from what I have heard (again mostly on Fox News/Business Channels), that the legislation sounds ominous. I am also deeply disturbed that my own GOP Senator Lindsay Grahm is supporting this legislation. I can't believe this is just because of his long standing friendship with McCain?