McCain Introduces Bill To Make Obama More Powerful Than A King

S.3081 is obscene. S.3081 is profoundly anti-law. S.3081 allows for indeterminate detention for pretty much anyone the President “considers appropriate.” S.3081 is backed by Republicans who talk a big game when it comes to freedom and liberty and the rule of law, but who, as this bill demonstrates, are really bullies and thugs who have no regard for the Constitution, the rule of law, or basic ethical principles. McCain and Lieberman (and the others who have signed onto this bill) are doing the terrorists work for them by allowing the United States to become a land ruled by fear and imperial dictate rather than a system of justice that presumes innocence until guilt is proven.

Go ahead, someone prove to me why giving the President the power to label someone a “high-value detainee” based on whatever reasons that President decides to make up and then holding that person indefinitely is a good idea for a democracy. I thought the whole fucking point of the United States was that we didn’t live in a dictatorship/monarchy.

And I hope all you fucking teabaggers and libertarians take down the GOP for their desire to concentrate even more power in the hands of the President. But somehow I don’t think you will because you were perfectly happy to give up your rights to Bush and his cronies, and you’re now too busy whining about the fact that liberals want to actually get you better health care.

CRITERIA FOR DESIGNATION OF INDIVIDUALS AS HIGH-VALUE DETAINEES- The regulations required by this subsection shall include criteria for designating an individual as a high-value detainee based on the following: (A) The potential threat the individual poses for an attack on civilians or civilian facilities within the United States or upon United States citizens or United States civilian facilities abroad at the time of capture or when coming under the custody or control of the United States. (B) The potential threat the individual poses to United States military personnel or United States military facilities at the time of capture or when coming under the custody or control of the United States. (C) The potential intelligence value of the individual. (D) Membership in al Qaeda or in a terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda. (E) Such other matters as the President considers appropriate. Text of S.3081 as Introduced in Senate: Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010… OpenCongress

via Glenn Greenwald

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2 thoughts on “McCain Introduces Bill To Make Obama More Powerful Than A King

  1. It does seem as though the entire rationale, or pretense, for cultivating limited government that has been ongoing in the West since 1648 has been shit-canned in the first decade of the 21st Century. Why pretend any more? The Sovereign has been re-established in our midst and we are his subjects. All that’s left to do now is complete the Dominionist program of predicating the Sovereign’s power upon Holy Writ, the grand finale coming to us soon, compliments of the C St-ers.

  2. What amuses (and by amuses, read pisses me off) me to no end is the fact that right wing ideologues are continually using the fear of Big Government to mobilize their base – but they are they ones that most often want to consolidate power in the executive branch and use that power to spy on American citizens. I’m progressive and I don’t want the President I voted for to have the kind of power that this bill offers, but these hypocrites are willing to give up whatever freedom there is if it’s to the party that they voted for.

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