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The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act - by Stephen Lendman

If enacted, it will advance what this writer addressed in a December 2007 article titled, "Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead," covering numerous Bush administration laws, Executive Orders (EOs), National and Homeland Security Presidential Directives, edicts, and various illegal acts targeting designated domestic and foreign adversaries, dissent, civil liberties, human rights, and other democratic freedoms.

Straightaway post-9/11, George Bush signed a secret finding empowering the CIA to "Capture, Kill or Interrogate Al-Qaeda Leaders." He also authorized establishing a covert global gulag to detain and interrogate them without guidelines on proper treatment.

Other presidential directives ordered abductions, torture and indefinite detentions. In November 2001, Military Order Number 1 empowered the Executive to capture, kidnap or otherwise arrest non-citizens (and later citizens) anywhere in the world for any reason and hold them indefinitely without charge, evidence, due process or judicial fairness protections of law.

The 2006 Military Commissions Act authorized torture and sweeping unconstitutional powers to detain, interrogate and prosecute alleged suspects and collaborators (including US citizens), hold them (without evidence) indefinitely in military prisons, and deny them habeas and other legal protections.

Section 1031 of the FY 2010 Defense Authorization Act contained the 2009 Military Commissions Act, listing changes that include discarding the phrase "unlawful enemy combatant" for "unprivileged enemy belligerent." More on that below.

Seamlessly, Obama continues Bush administration practices and added others, including:

-- greater than ever surveillance;

-- ruthless political persecutions;

-- preventively detaining individuals ordered released - "who cannot be prosecuted," he said, "yet who pose a clear danger to the American people;"

-- a secret "hit list" authorizing CIA and Pentagon operatives to kill US citizens abroad based on unsubstantiated evidence they're involved in alleged plots against America or US interests;

-- weaker whisleblower protections;

-- state secrets privilege to block lawsuits by victims of rendition, torture, abuse or warrantless wiretapping; and

-- other anti-democratic measures.

Now, the March 4 S. 3081: Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010 to interrogate and detain "enemy belligerents who commit hostile acts against the United States to establish certain limitations on the prosecution of such belligerents, and for other purposes."

On the Senate floor, John McCain explained it, saying "we still don't have a clear mechanism, legal structure, and implementing policy for dealing with terrorists who we capture in the (alleged) act of trying to bring about attacks on the United States and our national security interests at home and abroad."

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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