>Please Pay Attention

>While our media has been lapping up the Tea Bag freak show and sniffing Sarah Palin’s skirt, a rather nasty bill has been filed in the Senate. And folks, you just know it’s got to be bad when you see the co-sponors are John McCain and Joe Lieberman. It’s called (cue “Psycho” strings) the Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010. So far the only folks I see talking about this are lefty-socialist-types like Glenn Greenwald and the Marxists at AlterNet, who warn the bill’s passage would

set this country on a course to become a military dictatorship.

Among the bill’s more troublesome passages:

An individual, including a citizen of the United States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent under section 3(c)(2) in a manner which satisfies Article 5 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners in which the individual has engaged, or which the individual has purposely and materially supported, consistent with the law of war and any authorization for the use of military force provided by Congress pertaining to such hostilities.

Basically what this means is that Congress would be giving the President the power to indefinitely detain anyone declared an “enemy belligerent,” anyone at all, without a trial, in a military prison. Even a U.S. citizen.

This is the kind of Constitution-shredding, civil liberties abolishing, tyrannical legislation you’d think would have the Tea People screaming at the top of their lungs and Sarah rethinking her support for its sponsor, John McCain. That it has slid by unnoticed with the largest screamers on the national stage right now is perhaps more troubling than the bill itself, which let’s hope dies a quick death.

Pay attention, people. Yes, I’m talking to you idiots in the tri-cornered hats yammering about crap of which you have no clue. Giving citizens access to a private, for profit health insurance market is not fascism, tyranny, or totalitarianism. Declaring U.S. citizens “enemy belligerents” and detaining them in military prisons indefinitely without trial is.

If there is anyone sensible in the Tea Bag movement they will step away from their crazy compatriots and work to grind this heinous piece of legislation into the dust. And then let’s work to get its sponsors, one John McCain Republican of Arizona and one Joseph Lieberman Independent of Connecticut, out of the U.S. Senate so they can’t do any more damage.

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15 responses to “>Please Pay Attention

  1. >Giving citizens access to a private, for profit health insurance market is not fascism, tyranny, or totalitarianism. Except that's not what this bill does.

  2. >So Be,Thanks for your coverage of this one.I saw a little about it-probably AlterNet.Have you seen the movie The Siege?That is what I thought of when reading of the scary bill.We must understand, however, those pesky US citizen terrorist trials are a big concern to these guys. I have enjoyed the "duration of hostilities" wording. When you have a "global war on terror", it gets interesting. Who will or will not determine when the "hostilities" have ended.Thanks again.

  3. >So Be, I forgot to write: I love this weekskitty.Beautiful animal.

  4. >It sounds like Bush era codification of the extraordinary detentions used by Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Gonzalez. Well, it's confusing 'cause they all thought it was necessary to torture as well. Unprivileged enemy belligerent sounds a lot like enemy combatant. I guess a combatant has to commit some type of violence, so belligerent is a better catch-all. It is particularly disgusting how they are attempting to squeeze this very square peg into the round holes of the Geneva Convention.Thanks for the warning. Hopefully, this will never get out of committee. I see Saxby Chambliss' name on it. Now there's an old, slave-owning family. My cleaning lady in the 1960s was named Chambliss. Her grandmother was a slave.

  5. >McCain is supposed to be in a 'tough' race out there in AZ so he's gotta show he's hard as nails on all those terrist symps. Good ol' Lieberman just wants to drive home a few more nails in the Bill of Rights, snaring any stray anti-zionist Americans who might be thinking of speaking out against the Israeli nutcases. Serves both their purposes. True bipartisanship. 37North

  6. >The problem is government power in general, not merely power in this particular area. The government shouldn't have the power to remove due process from citizens, dictate doctor's wages, or to force citizens to buy products they don't want. I don't want to pay for a doctor whenever I get a sniffle–but I'm effectively forced to under the new law, since the high-deductible policy I would strongly prefer is specifically forbidden.

  7. >Except the Sarah Palin tea partiers are just sock puppets on the Right hand of the bank$ters that use Obama with their Left hand.Not that Obama's a real liberal any more than Sarah Palin is a real conservative.They're both simply more or less useful constructs for those who would own us.

  8. >John Mccain and his party don't mind big government as long as it does what they want it to. If it is allowing wall street to run rampant that is fine and then giving them billions of dollars after they lose their lunch money; this is just fine. If it is killing innocent people and imprisoning and torturing or simply disappearing those that disagree with policies, well, this is what government should do. But, if government wants to look out for the little guy by protecting his finances or making healthcare accessible… Well..

  9. >"Except that's not what this bill does."Well then, mikey, tell us what it DOES do. You're always so full of helpful hints for those that don't understand that it's only true when YOU say it's true.

  10. >Democommie:It renews abstinence-only education funding to the tune of $50 million a year thru 2014.Honestly, if this legislation had come from a Republican politician (and let's face it, it did the first three times it appeared) the Tea Shouters would have loved it. It really all just goes to show how correct Kelley B is.

  11. >Thanks so much for this! I've sent emails to both of my senators. I could be wrong, but I'm betting that the Tea Party and Fox News will say this is just fine. It's just health care that's tyranny. Sad, sad, sad…

  12. >The Tea Party people I know (including Republicans) are irritated that the Republicans are trying to take over the Tea Party movement. If we wanted "more republican", or if Republicans supported small government in more than lip service, we would work from within the party. Libertarians have the same gripes about the Republican party.

  13. >Honestly, if this legislation had come from a Republican politician (and let's face it, it did the first three times it appeared) the Tea Shouters would have loved it.On what objective basis are you making this claim?

  14. >Re: tea partiers and this bill, I actually first heard about this from the Ron Paul/Mike Rivero/Alex Jones/libertarian faction of the teabaggers. Those are the ones mentioned by Sevesteen. The Palin/Dick Armey/Fox types are indeed the ones who will either fall for it or just ignore it.Both camps are a pack of goosestepping nazis guided by fear and xenophobia, afaic. But fwict, they are advancing rightward in different directions.More in depth here http://bit.ly/bjCnoO