On Tuesday, October 17th, the President will sign the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law.
* re-establishes President Bush’s military tribunals, which were rejected by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional
* legalizes U.S. war crimes committed before December 30, 2005
* disallows any person harmed by the U.S., in violation of the Geneva Conventions, from filing a claim in U.S. court
* strips legal residents of the U.S. of their right to challenge their detention in court if they’re accused of being “enemy combatants”
* abolishes the right of Guantanamo detainees to challenge their detention, which in effect pre-judges all of them as guilty
* approves the “CIA program” that allows waterboarding and other forms of torture
* names any individual, including citizens, as an “unlawful enemy combatant” if they provide “material support” to those engaged in hostilities against the U.S.
It was nice living in a free country, while it lasted. Now, you can’t even criticize the Vice-President without getting arrested.