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The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act

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These suspects have no right to "Miranda warnings and defense lawyers. Instead, the priority and focus must be on isolating and neutralizing the immediate threat and collecting intelligence to prevent" any attacks.

"I (also) believe we must establish a system for long-term detention of terrorists who are too dangerous to release, but who cannot be tried in a civilian court" because no evidence exists to convict them.

At a March 4 press conference, Senator Joe Lieberman told reporters:

"These are not common criminals. They are war criminals. Anyone we capture in this war should be treated as a prisoner of war, held by the military, interrogated for information that will protect Americans and help us win this war and then where appropriate, tried not in a normal federal court where criminals are tried but before a military commission."

S. 3081 Provisions

The bill imposes harsh police state measures, including:

-- targeting anyone worldwide, including US citizens, "suspected of engaging in (or materially supporting) hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners through an act of terrorism, or by other means...;"

-- placing such individuals "in military custody for purposes of initial interrogation and determination of status in accordance with the provisions of this Act;"

-- transporting them to intelligence officials for more interrogation;

-- determining who may be a "high-value detainee (HVD);"

-- further interrogating those individuals by a "High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HVIG)....utiliz(ing) military and intelligence personnel, and Federal, State, and local law enforcement personnel....;"

-- having HVIGs submit their determination to the Defense Secretary and Attorney General after consulting with the Directors of National Intelligence, FBI, and CIA. "The Secretary of Defense and Attorney General (will then) make a final determination and report (it) to the President and the appropriate committees of Congress. In the case of any disagreement between the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General, the President will make the determination;"

-- designating seized individuals "unprivileged enemy belligerent(s);"

-- denying them Miranda rights:

-- deciding on a "Final (status) Determination" within 48 hours, "to the extent practicable;"

-- letting the President establish HVD interrogation group operations and activities, including whether detainees "meet the criteria for treatment as a high-value detainee for purposes of interrogation....," including the potential threat held individuals pose:

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So the question is: why the people opposing this a... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 8:16:16 AM
These idiots need to be tried for treason. So now ... by marko polo on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 9:47:04 AM
Now how do we convince those that think this presi... by julia cresswell on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 10:43:15 AM
if duel citizens like Lieberman are writing policy... by karmacounselor on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:03:59 AM
Stephen, you have outlined and explained this with... by bluesky on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:06:55 AM
I first read about this issue on Raw Story and pos... by William Cormier on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 7:50:23 PM
what is so wrong and oxymoronic and ludicrous abou... by Nick van Nes on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 10:22:43 PM
There's not much that I can add to that comment ex... by William Cormier on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 10:50:52 PM
Yeah, it's a self-perpetuating paranoia that plays... by Nick van Nes on Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 8:30:57 AM