Thursday, October 12, 2006
One more post on Military Commissions Act (I'll stop soon)
With endorsement from Congress, the US administration can now hold people without charge, without trial, indefinitely. Past violations of the War Crimes Act have been rubber stamped, the administration absolved of prosecution in the U.S. Not only has the definition of "enemy combatant" been dangerously broadened, those so designated have been stripped of their right to challenge the legality of their detention. The bill also includes a loophole that could allow the President to define torture as "alternative interrogation" techniques. Given the history of this administration, there is no reason to believe that torture won't continue.
Don't stop speaking out. Don't stop asking congressional candidates where they stand on this. When human rights are trashed in the name of freedom and security - well, let's just say that Orwell's book 1984 has been surpassed and then some.
Action (for my American visitors particularly): SIGN THE AMERICA I BELIEVE IN PLEDGE (here)
The America I Believe In doesn't torture people or use cruel, inhumane treatment. . . doesn't hold people without charge, without fair trials, without hope, and without end. . .doesn't kidnap people off the street and ship them to nations known for their brutality. . .doesn't condone prisoner abuse and excuse high-ranking government officials from responsibility for that abuse. . .doesn't justify the use of secret prisons. . .and does not rob people of their basic dignity.
I'm joining with Amnesty International USA to restore The America I Believe In. The America I Believe In leads the world on human rights.
I'm committing to tell friends and family about the campaign. I'm also committing to contacting my members of Congress and my local media to tell them that the America I Believe In defends human rights and justice for all.
And what about the aftermath, Anti –Terrorism Laws are being enacted that enable those imprisoned and untried to be held for questioning; now forming part of the political landscape in Canada and Australia.
Maybe we both need – “A Human Rights Act “. And it all reverts back to unjustifiable fear, a totally disproportionate response to what in our respective countries represents an almost non-existent problem. Lookout for the sledgehammers, welded by the politicians, they are working away drilling into our democracies.
Will sign it and thanks for bringing it to our attention,